Speak Lord: Fashion and refashion us

Stained glass. St Peter in Vincula. Hampton Lucy. (c) 2016, Allen Morris

Bless the Lord, my soul! Lord God, how great you are.

Lord God, how great you are,
clothed in majesty and glory,
wrapped in light as in a robe!

You stretch out the heavens like a tent.
Above the rains you build your dwelling.
You make the clouds your chariot,
you walk on the wings of the wind,

you make the winds your messengers
and flashing fire your servant.
How many are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you have made them all.

The earth is full of your riches.
There is the sea, vast and wide,
with its moving swarms past counting,
living things great and small.

All of these look to you
to give them their food in due season.
You give it, they gather it up:
you open your hand, they have their fill.

You hide your face, they are dismayed;
you take back your spirit, they die.
You send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the earth.

Responsorial Psalm for Feast of Baptism of the Lord
Psalm 103(104):1-4,24-25,27-30

How great God is who through his love helps us be ourselves. How great God who through his baptism drew Jesus – God incarnate – to his mission and service, salvation, of the world.

How great God who through our baptism unites us with himself, washing away the mess of Adam’s sin, and holding us close – in the knowledge of our future faults and failings, but cherishing us – and enabling us to give of ourselves.

Without the Lord we are lost, in him we are found.

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