Taste and See: thanksgiving

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I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.

I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me
and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead,
restored me to life from those who sink into the grave.

I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.

Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him,
give thanks to his holy name.
His anger lasts a moment; his favour all through life.
At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn.

I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.

The Lord listened and had pity.
The Lord came to my help.
For me you have changed my mourning into dancing:
O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever.

I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.

Responsorial Psalm for the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Psalm 29(30):2,4-6,11-13

The psalm sung at Mass yesterday was is a song of thanksgiving for the Lord and his saving love.

One of the great things about the psalms is that although they are often intensely personal and seem to relate to some very specific event, we generally do not know what that event was, and so the psalm sort of floats around just waiting for us to say, ah, that reminds me of this or that in my life – maybe a recovery from illness, maybe being given courage to withstand attacks on us by other people, by the devil; courage to overcome temptation. That way it retains its emotional pforce and power but is available for us to apply to our own particular situation.

In the psalm the psalmist thanks God for his goodness and then turns to us and to all people, saying you give thanks too. Look to your life and look to God’s part in it, and you give thanks too.

  • Where has God saved me?
  • Have I said thank you?
  • Do I live thankfully?
  • To whom have I told my story so that they too might have hope in the saving love of God?

Let us count our blessings and share them

Stained glass, All Saints, Leamington Spa. (c) 2016, Allen Morris. 

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