Preparing for the Mass of the 3rd Sunday of Easter

The psalm given to be sung this Sunday comes from the lips of one who is tested and threatened, but who places trust in the love of God.

The verses omitted from the Lectionary acknowledge that living in this relationship with God causes a certain separation from those others of his community (even those who claim to be of his faith community) who will not strive to live faithfully.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 15(16):1-2,5,7-11

(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 16 (15)

1     A Miktam. Of David.

      Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2     I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord.
      My happiness lies in you alone.”

3     As for the holy ones who dwell in the land,
      they are noble, and in them is all my delight.
4     Those who choose other gods increase their sorrows.
      I will not take part in their offerings of blood.
      Nor will I take their names upon my lips.

5     O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;
      you yourself who secure my lot.
6     Pleasant places are marked out for me:
      a pleasing heritage indeed is mine!

7     I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel,
      who even at night directs my heart.
8     I keep the Lord before me always;
      with him at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

9     And so, my heart rejoices, my soul is glad;
      even my flesh shall rest in hope.
10   For you will not abandon my soul to hell,
      nor let your holy one see corruption.

11   You will show me the path of life,
       the fullness of joy in your presence,
       at your right hand, bliss forever.


  • Translation of Psalms: From The Revised Grail Psalms: A Liturgical Psalter. (c) 2010.
  • Commentary: (c) 2020, Allen Morris
  • Image: 16th C figure of Christ holding a lamb. New Gallery, Walsall.(c) 2019, Allen Morris.

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