Speak Lord: Be our ruler and our rule

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How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
or
Alleluia!

It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord, who sets prisoners free.

How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
or
Alleluia!

It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
who raises up those who are bowed down,
the Lord, who protects the stranger
and upholds the widow and orphan.

How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
or
Alleluia!

It is the Lord who loves the just
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion’s God, from age to age.

How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
or
Alleluia!

Psalm 145:6-10

Tomorrow – the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time –  in the Responsorial Psalm sung at Mass, the Church sings of the Lord’s ministry of mercy.

The Kingship of God is beautifully, tenderly, expressed there in the description of his service and protection to those in need. Even the thwarting of the paths of the wicked is an act of love – not just for their would be victims, but for the wicked themselves – part of his work of giving sight to the blind, setting prisoners free.

The Kingship of God is over all people and for all people. Into his care we can relax. And his love, at our best, we strive to imitate.

  • From what does the Lord call you?
  • To what does the Lord call you?

Karl Hoffman: Christ. In the collection of the Hermitage, St Petersburg. Photograph (c) 2015, Allen Morris

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