The Psalmist gives voice to his gratitude for the security that he finds in the Lord: even – in a verse omitted in this Sunday’s selection – should he walk in the valley of the shadow of death he would fear no evil.
- What confidence do you find in the Lord? And how do you use the security and freedom it gives you?
- What hidden fears might you entrust to him? What slumps in confidence? – to still better benefit from his love and care.
Responsorial Psalm for Solemnity of Christ the King
(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 23 (22)
1 A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
2 Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose
Near restful waters he leads me;
3 he revives my soul.
He guides me along the right path,
for the sake of his name.
4 Though I should walk in the valley of the shadow of death,
no evil would I fear, for you are with me.
Your crook and your staff will give me comfort.
5 You have prepared a table before me
in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
my cup is overflowing.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life.
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell
for length of days unending.
~ Translation of Psalm: From The Revised Grail Psalms: A Liturgical Psalter. (c) 2010
~ Commentary: © 2020, Allen Morris
~ Photograph:© 2017, Allen Morris. Pottery figure: The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent.