Taste and See: speaking to God

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You open wide your hand, O Lord, and grant our desires.

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.

You open wide your hand, O Lord, and grant our desires.

The eyes of all creatures look to you
and you give them their food in due time.
You open wide your hand,
grant the desires of all who live.

You open wide your hand, O Lord, and grant our desires.

The Lord is just in all his ways
and loving in all his deeds.
He is close to all who call him,
who call on him from their hearts.

You open wide your hand, O Lord, and grant our desires.

Responsorial Psalm for 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 144(145):10-11,15-18

Many of the psalms are attributed to King David. Songs o rejoicing and songs of deep sorrow. They model prayer, and especially give us confidence that there is nothing we need be afraid of bringing before God in prayer.

The sentiments we express when we begin our prayer may well not be the ones we feels and express at the end – and the psalms are witness to that too.

God is big enough to deal with what ever we might throw at him and compassionate and caring enough to accompany us through the ups and downs of our lives.

Detail of stained glass window in Sainte Chapelle, Paris. © 2017, Allen Morris

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