Speak Lord: Speak and soften our hard hearts

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O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord.

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us:
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand.

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

O that today you would listen to his voice!
‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.’

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Psalm 94:1-2,6-9

The Responsorial Psalm tomorrow – the 3rd Sunday of Lent – reminds us of Israel and its grumbling in the wilderness, of it unfaithfulness, and of God’s enduring faithfulness to his people.

In the response we urge each other to listen to the Lord and to keep our hearts supple to his prompting. We who are sometimes hard of heart, pray for others, that they might keep from our handicap – and they for us!

Happy Lent.

The Life of Moses. Sainte Chapelle, Paris. (c) 2017, Allen Morris

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