Taste and See: faithful love

David, St Pater and St Paul, COrk

On Sunday, the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, there were two alternatives for the responsorial psalm.

The first of them, which follows, has the psalmist praising God for his unfailing help, and bearing witness to others of God’s love and help.

Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive

This is my prayer to you,
my prayer for your favour.
In your great love, answer me, O God,
with your help that never fails:
Lord, answer, for your love is kind;
in your compassion, turn towards me.

Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive

As for me in my poverty and pain
let your help, O God, lift me up.
I will praise God’s name with a song;
I will glorify him with thanksgiving.

Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive

The poor when they see it will be glad
and God-seeking hearts will revive;
for the Lord listens to the needy
and does not spurn his servants in their chains.

Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive

For God will bring help to Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah
and men shall dwell there in possession.
The sons of his servants shall inherit it;
those who love his name shall dwell there.

Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive

Psalm 68:14,17,30-31,33-34,36-37

 

What the psalmist does in his way, is what the Church is to do in her own way, and all her members.

And we do it first, are rehearsed in our responsibilities, in the Liturgy. The response to the psalm, the song of the whole assembly, has us call our ‘Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive.’

What a beautiful message to be entrusted with. What a joyful promise to offer to those who struggle.

  • Bring to the Lord in prayer your feelings about your call to evangelise

King David, Church of St Peter and St Paul, Cork. (c) 2010, Allen Morris.

Speak Lord: Free us

MephistophelesThe First reading at Mass today, the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, tells a story of sin and repentance and mercy that should prepare us for the principal reading in the Liturgy of the Word, today’s Gospel with account of Jesus and the woman with a bad name in the town, and great love in her heart.

The story of King David is very different but with a poignancy and consequences that today’s short passage can only allude to.

The episode we hear today focuses us on the gratuity of God’s mercy. David does so little even to show his repentance- but forgiveness is so suddenly, and so freely, given.

Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord the God of Israel says this, “I anointed you king over Israel; I delivered you from the hands of Saul; I gave your master’s house to you, his wives into your arms; I gave you the House of Israel and of Judah; and if this were not enough, I would add as much again for you. Why have you shown contempt for the Lord, doing what displeases him? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, taken his wife for your own, and killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. So now the sword will never be far from your House, since you have shown contempt for me and taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.”’

David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ Then Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord, for his part, forgives your sin; you are not to die.’

2 Samuel 12:7-10,13

  • What makes you sorry for sin?
  • Does anything hold you back from admission of sin?

Mephistopheles. Mark Anatolsky. Russian Museum, St Petersburg, Russia. (c) 2015, Allen Morris