Taste and See: Sorrow

DSC04858a sorrow walsall.jpgO let my tongue cleave to my mouth if I remember you not!

By the rivers of Babylon
there we sat and wept,
remembering Zion;
on the poplars that grew there
we hung up our harps.

O let my tongue cleave to my mouth if I remember you not!

For it was there that they asked us,
our captors, for songs,
our oppressors, for joy.
‘Sing to us,’ they said,
‘one of Zion’s songs.’

O let my tongue cleave to my mouth if I remember you not!

O how could we sing
the song of the Lord
on alien soil?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
let my right hand wither!

O let my tongue cleave to my mouth if I remember you not!

O let my tongue
cleave to my mouth
if I remember you not,
if I prize not Jerusalem
above all my joys!

O let my tongue cleave to my mouth if I remember you not!

Responsorial Psalm for 4th Sunday of Lent
Psalm 136(137):1-6

 

How easily and quickly we can be overtaken by the consequences of sin. How easily we lose control of things when we do wrong, when we mess up or mess things up. It can start as a little thing, but rapidly can move out of control, and leave us – in ourselves –helpless, unable to do anything about it.

We can turn away and ignore it but generally that makes things even worse. We can linger helpless, but that way lies misery. Or we can gaze on the Lord and remember his love and compassion and ask for forgiveness. And it is there for us, freely given not needing to be earned, just asked for, when we are sorry and want to move on get things right.

Sorrow – a drawing by Vincent van Gogh. New Gallery, Walsall. Photo (c) 2017, Allen Morris

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