Speak Lord: That we may seek your face

Steps to a cave church, Goreme

This coming Sunday sees the regular sequence of numbered Sundays interrupted by the celebration of the Solemnity of All Saints.

The responsorial psalm on Sunday is the first part of Psalm 23.

 Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord.

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas;
on the waters he made it firm.

Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things.

Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him,
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord.

Psalm 23:1-6

One of the encouraging things about that text is that the rather energetic imagery of the righteous climbing the mountain of the Lord is followed by a reminder that what matters finally is the salvation that comes from God. And that salvation is always gift.

It is a precious gift and so worthy of our striving for it. But it is a gift, and it does not go only to the one who climbs higher, or runs fastest, or seeks most urgently.

  • What do you desire?
  • What ‘worthless things’ tempt you?
  • What blessings encourage and strengthen you?

The photograph is of the steep ascent to a Cave church at the monastic settlement, Goreme, Turkey. (C) 2014, Allen Morris