Speak Lord: Come close…

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Sunday is the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time. The responsorial psalm at Sunday’s Mass reminds of the closeness of the Lord.

The Lord is close to all who call him.

I will bless you day after day
and praise your name for ever.
The Lord is great, highly to be praised,
his greatness cannot be measured.

The Lord is close to all who call him.

The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
How good is the Lord to all,
compassionate to all his creatures.

The Lord is close to all who call him.

The Lord is just in all his ways
and loving in all his deeds.
He is close to all who call him,
who call on him from their hearts.

The Lord is close to all who call him.

Psalm 144:2-3,8-9,17-18

That closeness of the Lord, of the loving, just and merciful Lord, is a precious gift. So often in our daily lives – let alone in the moments of extraordinary testings – reversals, losses, challenges, and joys! – to know that we are not facing them alone, gives a new strength and endurance.

The response to the psalm affirms the Lord’s closeness to those who call him. Thank God that he is close even when we forget to call!

The photograph is of a sculpted piece depicting the Emmaus story. Saved from the ‘net some eight years ago, I think it comes from Switzerland!