Taste and See: Peace

Peace.jpgI will bless your name for ever, O God my King or Alleluia!

I will give you glory, O God my king,
I will bless your name for ever.
I will bless you day after day
and praise your name for ever.

I will bless your name for ever, O God my King or Alleluia!

The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
How good is the Lord to all,
compassionate to all his creatures.

I will bless your name for ever, O God my King or Alleluia!

All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,
and your friends shall repeat their blessing.
They shall speak of the glory of your reign
and declare your might, O God.

I will bless your name for ever, O God my King or Alleluia!

The Lord is faithful in all his words
and loving in all his deeds.
The Lord supports all who fall
and raises all who are bowed down.

I will bless your name for ever, O God my King or Alleluia!

Psalm 144:1-2,8-11,13-14

The psalm sung at Mass yesterday, the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time, speaks of God’s blessing.

In the tradition God’s blessing does not lie particularly in the gift of this or that thing, but in the everything that comes from God and is God. The shorthand for this ‘all’ can be blessing or peace – the peace that the world cannot give but that in God encompasses and gives purpose and point for everything that is.

  • In what do you see a particular focus of God’s blessing and peace?
  • In what do you feel alienated from God’s blessing and peace?
  • Bring your thoughts and feelings to God in prayer…

Carving, St Werburgh’s church, Chester. (c) 2017, Allen Morris

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