Preparing for Mass on the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

The psalmist praises the faithful and highlights his ‘reward’

Of course, sometimes, we ascribe virtue where it is not present, and reward where it is not deserved, or merited.

The edited version of this psalm in the Lectionary omits the opening verse where it makes it clear how all virtue derives from fear of the Lord.

Our good deeds can be good but are truly good when done for the love of God. Only then does ascription of goodness not risk short circuiting things, become self-praise, or narrow our horizon to what is only pleasing for us ourselves.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 111(112):4-9

(NB the text set for Sunday is given below in bold and in ‘quote sections’ below; the rest is the immediate biblical text from which the Lectionary text is extracted)

Psalm 112 (111)

1     Alleluia!

      Blessed the man who fears the Lord,
      who takes great delight in his commandments.
2     His descendants shall be powerful on earth;
      the generation of the upright will be blest.

3     Riches and wealth are in his house;
      his justice stands firm forever.

4     A light rises in the darkness for the upright;
      he is generous, merciful, and just.

5     It goes well for the man who deals generously and lends,
      who conducts his affairs with justice.
6     He will never be moved;
      forever shall the just be remembered.

7     He has no fear of evil news;
      with a firm heart, he trusts in the Lord.
8     With a steadfast heart he will not fear;
      he will see the downfall of his foes.

9     Openhanded, he gives to the poor;
      his justice stands firm forever.
      His might shall be exalted in glory.

10   The wicked sees and is angry,
      grinds his teeth and fades away;
      the desire of the wicked leads to doom.

Translation of Psalms: From The Revised Grail Psalms: A Liturgical Psalter. (c) 2010.
Commentary: (c) 2020, Allen Morris

Photo (c) 2019, Allen Morris. Star of David, Newport Cathedral, Wales.

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