Preparing for Mass on the 7th Sunday of Easter

In the verses of the Responsorial Psalm that we hear on Sunday – or use in our personal reflection while in lockdown – we hear of David’s trust, of the Psalmist’s trust, but not of the particular challenges he faces.

It is helpful to name the evils and threats that we face. It helps disempower them, and empower us. Above all – perhaps – it gives us something particular to bring to the Lord in prayer.

  • What are the things we ourselves find challenging?
  • What are the things we know others are finding challenging?
  • What do we ask of the Lord about these things? And how might we address them ourselves?

Psalm 27 (26) 1,4,7-8

1     Of David.

      The Lord is my light and my salvation;
      whom shall I fear?
      The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
      whom should I dread?

2     When those who do evil draw near
      to devour my flesh,
      it is they, my enemies and foes,
      who stumble and fall.

3     Though an army encamp against me,
      my heart would not fear.
      Though war break out against me,
      even then would I trust.

4     There is one thing I ask of the Lord,
      only this do I seek:
      to live in the house of the Lord
      all the days of my life,
      to gaze on the beauty of the Lord,
      to inquire at his temple.


5     For there he keeps me safe in his shelter
      in the day of evil.
      He hides me under cover of his tent;
      he sets me high upon a rock.

6     And now my head shall be raised
      above my foes who surround me,
      and I shall offer within his tent
      a sacrifice of joy.
      I will sing and make music for the Lord.

7     O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
      have mercy and answer me.

8     Of you my heart has spoken,
      “Seek his face.”


      It is your face, O Lord, that I seek;
9     hide not your face from me.
      Dismiss not your servant in anger;
      you have been my help.

      Do not abandon or forsake me,
      O God, my Savior!
10   Though father and mother forsake me,
      the Lord will receive me.

11   Instruct me, Lord, in your way;
      on an even path lead me
      because of my enemies.
12   Do not leave me to the will of my foes,
      for false witnesses rise up against me,
      and they breathe out violence.

13   I believe I shall see the Lord’s goodness
      in the land of the living.
14   Wait for the Lord; be strong;
      be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord!

Acknowledgements

  • Translation of Psalms: From The Revised Grail Psalms: A Liturgical Psalter. (c) 2010.
  • Commentary: (c) 2020, Allen Morris
  • Photo. Wall drawing, Harvington Hall, Birmingham. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.
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