Speak Lord: Our Protector

god-the-father-2Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains;
from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

May he never allow you to stumble!
Let him sleep not, your guard.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers,
Israel’s guard.

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

The Lord is your guard and your shade;
at your right side he stands.
By day the sun shall not smite you
nor the moon in the night.

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

The Lord will guard you from evil,
he will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming
both now and for ever.

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 120:1-8

The Responsorial Psalm on Sunday, the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time, has us sing to renew trust in the Lord. It is he who is guard and shade, our rock, our salvation.

He helps us to find ourselves and to live safely.

It is to this love that we are invited to trust, so that we may live best, confident in this love this care.

  • What causes you to fear?
  • What might you do to deepen your trust in God?

 

God the Father. Medieval Carving. In collection of Compton Verney. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.

Speak Lord: Our Saviour

Cross Compton Verney

The responsorial psalm for Mass tomorrow, Sunday, the feast of the Ascension, is chosen for the appropriateness of the imagery drawn from the Temple Liturgy to celebrate the Mystery of the Ascension.

God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
or
Alleluia!

All peoples, clap your hands,
cry to God with shouts of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,
great king over all the earth.

God goes up with shouts of joy;
the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
Sing praise for God, sing praise,
sing praise to our king, sing praise.

God is king of all the earth,
sing praise with all your skill.
God is king over the nations;
God reigns on his holy throne.

Psalm 46:2-3,6-9

The image above shows the Ascended Christ, welcoming St Nicholas into Paradise. It reminds that the Lord’s Mystery is also a mystery of our lives in Christ. Jesus holds the Cross, a reminder of the cost of his Victory, and testimony to his love for us and all.

  • To which part of your life do you wish the Lord’s triumph next to be applied?
  • How can you best cooperate with his grace?

 

Detail of Saint Nicholas of Bari Received into Paradise Francesco de Mura (1696–1782) Compton Verney  (c) 2016, Allen Morris