Speak Lord: Our help and guide

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The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose.

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit.
He guides me along the right path;
he is true to his name.

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

You have prepared a banquet for me
in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
my cup is overflowing.

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me
all the days of my life.
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell
for ever and ever.

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Responsorial Psalm for Solemnity of Christ the King
Psalm 22:1-3,5-6

Sometimes God, and the Lord Jesus, can seem so entirely other – possessed of such power and love that we struggle to find a place of connection.

We find it most securely in the ministry of God to us, expressed evocatively and potently in the metaphor of God and Jesus as shepherd. We may sometimes jib at the idea of our being sheep, but putting aside our sense of self-importance our hearts can be warmed and our lives enriched by knowledge of the Lord’s care and tending of his people. He is creator, and we the created. How different could we be. But as important as is that  difference we are also defined by the relationship of love – God’s love for us first, of course, but then our love for God offered in response. Distinctions remain, but they no longer separate. In love and care we become one…

Cast doors. St Peter’s Primacy. Galilee. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.

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