Speak Lord: generous and good

Epstein Madonna and Child JesusThe responsorial psalm on Sunday, the 17th Sunday of the Year, responds to the care and support offered by angels to the care-worn prophet, and by Jesus to the weary and hungry crowd.

But to what else, in our own direct experience, does it connect?

You open wide your hand, O Lord, and grant our desires.

All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,
and your friends shall repeat their blessing.
They shall speak of the glory of your reign
and declare your might, O God.

You open wide your hand, O Lord, and grant our desires.

The eyes of all creatures look to you
and you give them their food in due time.
You open wide your hand,
grant the desires of all who live.

You open wide your hand, O Lord, and grant our desires.

The Lord is just in all his ways
and loving in all his deeds.
He is close to all who call him,
who call on him from their hearts.

You open wide your hand, O Lord, and grant our desires.

Psalm 144:10-11,15-18

Thanksgiving is the characteristic feature of Christian prayer. God’s open hands are met by ours.

For what, today, do you need to give thanks?

Photograph – detail of Madonna and Child Jesus by Epstein. Cavendish Square, London. (c) 2009, Allen Morris.