The Responsorial Psalm on Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Easter, was an invitation to the people of God to again join in common song, praising God for his merciful love.
We are his people, the sheep of his flock.
Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing for joy.
Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him,
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.
Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love.
He is faithful from age to age.
In the song we surrender something of our individuality in order to share what we have in common – and yet it is in our particular lives and circumstances that we find the justification, indeed the very drive to join in the song of all the faithful.
We sing not only because ‘they’ sing, but because we, each one, has need to sing.
- For what do you sing?
- How has he made you you, and his?
Church of Our Lady and St Joseph, Hanwell, where I was ordained priest, 25 years ago today. And for that, and the 25 years since, I give thanks and sing. (c) 2010, Allen Morris.