Speak Lord: counsellor and friend

ExpositionThe Psalm at Mass tomorrow, the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time, draws us to a confession of our reliance on God to be what, who, we are called to be, want to be.

O Lord, it is you who are my portion.

Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.
I say to the Lord: ‘You are my God.
O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;
it is you yourself who are my prize.’

O Lord, it is you who are my portion.

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel,
who even at night directs my heart.
I keep the Lord ever in my sight:
since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm.

O Lord, it is you who are my portion.

And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad;
even my body shall rest in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead,
nor let your beloved know decay.

O Lord, it is you who are my portion.

You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence,
at your right hand happiness for ever.

O Lord, it is you who are my portion.

Psalm 15:1-2,5,7-11

In these present days many people find themselves unsettled; and their trust in themselves and in others challenged.

A Christian is encouraged always to start not from where we were, but from where we are. In this present situation, always, the call is for us to do what is loving and good for others, thereby always doing what is good and right in our relationship with God, and learning how to be ourselves.

So – in new and changed circumstances – we turn to God. We turn to God, not as a refuge and escape from reality, but precisely in order to help us to live well in our new situation.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, as Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has written:

A great tradition of the United Kingdom is to respect the will of the people, expressed at the ballot box. Today we set out on a new course that will be demanding on all.

Our prayer is that all will work in this task with respect and civility, despite deep differences of opinion. We pray that in this process the most vulnerable will be supported and protected, especially those who are easy targets for unscrupulous employers and human traffickers.

We pray that our nations will build on our finest traditions of generosity, of welcome for the stranger and shelter for the needy.

We now must work hard to show ourselves to be good neighbours and resolute contributors in joint international efforts to tackle the critical problems of our world today.

  • Of what are you afraid? Why?
  • What of God might give you hope and strength? How might you cooperate with that?

Exposition at Bishop Walsh Catholic School. (c) 2016, Allen Morris. Please pray for the students and staff of Bishop Walsh who next week have a mission week – including extended times of Exposition. United in Christ.