Speak Lord: Our joy and our freedom

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What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.

When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage,
it seemed like a dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter,
on our lips there were songs.

The heathens themselves said: ‘What marvels
the Lord worked for them!’
What marvels the Lord worked for us!
Indeed we were glad.

Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage
as streams in dry land.
Those who are sowing in tears
will sing when they reap.

They go out, they go out, full of tears,
carrying seed for the sowing:
they come back, they come back, full of song,
carrying their sheaves.

Responsorial Psalm for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 125(126)

The love and compassion of God reaches out to those in misery. Even in the midst of pain and suffering, martyrs can sing, and the enslaved know freedom.

Greensboro lunch counter, Newseum, Washington, DC, USA. (c) 2007, Allen Morris.

 

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