Responsorial Psalm for this coming Sunday…

The extract from the psalm set to be sung at Mass this coming Sunday acknowledges God as creator, and sees our way to God in terms of our living right and ascending the mountain of the Lord.

The mountain reference probably is to the hill on which Jersualem’s Temple stands – and indeed the ancient city of Jerusalem itself.

The psalmist keeps the right side of this, but it is not uncommon to find people idealising, idolising, their religion, their country, their way at the expense of the Lord and his Kingdom.

How do you try to keep yourself free to choose the Lord’s way, the Lord’s will?

Psalm 23(24):1-6
Responsorial Psalm for the Solemnity of All Saints

(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 24 (23)

1A Psalm of David.

            The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
            the world, and those who dwell in it.
2           It is he who set it on the seas;
            on the rivers he made it firm.

3           Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
            Who shall stand in his holy place?
4           The clean of hands and pure of heart,
            whose soul is not set on vain things,
            who has not sworn deceitful words.

5           Blessings from the Lord shall he receive,
            and right reward from the God who saves him.
6           Such are the people who seek him,
            who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

* * *

7           O gates, lift high your heads;
            grow higher, ancient doors.
            Let him enter, the king of glory!

8           Who is this king of glory?
            The Lord, the mighty, the valiant;
            the Lord, the valiant in war.

9           O gates, lift high your heads;
            grow higher, ancient doors.
            Let him enter, the king of glory!

10          Who is this king of glory?
            He, the Lord of hosts,
            he is the king of glory.


~ Translation of Psalm: From The Revised Grail Psalms: A Liturgical Psalter. (c) 2010
~ Commentary: © 2020, Allen Morris
~ Photograph:© 2018, Allen Morris. Detail of former HolyLand Hotel model of Jerusalem, Israel Museum.


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