Speak Lord: Love us to life

Arles, St Trophime.jpg

The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

My soul, give thanks to the Lord
all my being, bless his holy name.
My soul, give thanks to the Lord
and never forget all his blessings.

The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

It is he who forgives all your guilt,
who heals every one of your ills,
who redeems your life from the grave,
who crowns you with love and compassion.

The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

His wrath will come to an end;
he will not be angry for ever.
He does not treat us according to our sins
nor repay us according to our faults.

The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

For as the heavens are high above the earth
so strong is his love for those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west
so far does he remove our sins.

The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

Responsorial Psalm for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Psalm 102:1-4,9-12

Our life begins with God’s creative act; it is sustained and restored and fortified by his love, and it finds its end with him and in him. Without him, we would not be. Apart from him we cannot be ourselves: we are otherwise overwhelmed by the ‘stuff that happens’.

This perspective helps us to know something of the contingency of our life, and to learn something of gratitude. But it helps the psalmist to know, above all, the beauty and goodness of God.

  • How today can you give expression to that beauty and goodness in your life?

West facade. St Trophime, Arles. (c) 2017, Allen Morris

 

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