I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.
I love the Lord for he has heard
the cry of my appeal;
for he turned his ear to me
in the day when I called him.
They surrounded me, the snares of death,
with the anguish of the tomb;
they caught me, sorrow and distress.
I called on the Lord’s name.
O Lord, my God, deliver me!
How gracious is the Lord, and just;
our God has compassion.
The Lord protects the simple hearts;
I was helpless so he saved me.
He has kept my soul from death,
my eyes from tears
and my feet from stumbling.
I will walk in the presence of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Responsorial Psalm for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
We are mortal beings, and subject to sin and sorrow and death. Except that Christ took flesh to accompany us in the experience of this ‘vale of tears’ died and rose to set us free.
Even now, therefore, we live, not finally subjects of death and darkness, but as friends of the Christ and co-heirs of the Kingdom.
Grave marker, Novodevichy Convent, Moscow. (c) 2015, Allen Morris.