Speak Lord: Breath calm into our lives.

Wiseman's Bridge

The Psalm for the Liturgy of the Word at Mass on Sunday picks up the watery themes from the reading from Job presented yesterday as it prepares us for listening to the Gospel of the storm and the power of Jesus to quell the storm.

O give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures for ever. or Alleluia!

Some sailed to the sea in ships
to trade on the mighty waters.
These men have seen the Lord’s deeds,
the wonders he does in the deep.

O give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures for ever. or Alleluia!

For he spoke; he summoned the gale,
tossing the waves of the sea
up to heaven and back into the deep;
their souls melted away in their distress.

O give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures for ever. or Alleluia!

Then they cried to the Lord in their need
and he rescued them from their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper:
all the waves of the sea were hushed.

O give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures for ever. or Alleluia!!

They rejoiced because of the calm
and he led them to the haven they desired.
Let them thank the Lord for his love,
for the wonders he does for men.

O give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures for ever. or Alleluia!

Psalm 106:23-26,28-32

In the psalm the passage from storm to calm seems an easy one, albeit one that only the Lord can effect for us.

It is not always experienced that way in life.

  • What helps you to sustain hope and trust when the winds blow and the storm rises?
  • What helps or hinders your giving thanks for safe deliverance?

Photograph of beach at Wiseman’s Bridge, Pembrokeshire. (c) 2009, Allen Morris.

Speak Lord: In your goodness and for our need

Cork

The responsorial psalm for Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary time, is beautifully simple.

The psalmist is open in his neediness, and frank in his profession of thankfulness for the goodness of God.

Lord, make me know your ways.

Lord, make me know your ways.
Lord, teach me your paths.
Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
for you are God my saviour.

Lord, make me know your ways.

Remember your mercy, Lord,
and the love you have shown from of old.
In your love remember me.
because of your goodness, O Lord.

Lord, make me know your ways.

The Lord is good and upright.
He shows the path to those who stray,
He guides the humble in the right path,
He teaches his way to the poor.

Lord, make me know your ways.

Psalm 24:4-6,7-9

The psalmist’s song is put on our lips. We sing a different melody, but hopefully the same sentiment and thought expresses itself in our singing of the scriptural song.

One of the simplest and most important ‘notes’ for choirs – and congregations – is to remember that when you sing at Mass what you are singing is a prayer. And if you are singing it, it needs to be your prayer, as well as ours.

The psalm encourages us to know our need, frankly, simply, and to know why we give thanks.

Plenty of work to take to our private prayer today, as we prepare for Sunday’s Mass.

Photograph ‘Showing the Way’ in Cork, Eire. (c) 2010, Allen Morris.