Speak Lord: faithful one, speak

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My soul, give praise to the Lord. or Alleluia!

It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord, who sets prisoners free.

My soul, give praise to the Lord. or Alleluia!

It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
who raises up those who are bowed down.
It is the Lord who loves the just,
the Lord, who protects the stranger.

My soul, give praise to the Lord. or Alleluia!

The Lord upholds the widow and orphan
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion’s God, from age to age.

My soul, give praise to the Lord. or Alleluia!

Psalm 145:7-10

The Responsorial Psalm on Sunday,  the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, reminds that the Just One, the Reconciling One, and the Healing One is God. It is his love and care for us that is our inspiration, and our enabling for ministry. His is the love that shames us when we do not care to try… and that offers encouragement and hope when we try and fail.

It is not our job to earn that love or impress the Lover. The only challenge is to allow the Lover to win our love.

  • What do you love about God?
  • What might God love about you?
  • What might  God hope you can love in others?

Bring your thoughts to the Lord in prayer.

The Visitation (panels decorating the Breton Cross in Lourdes, for the Year of Mercy). (c) 2016, Allen Morris

 

 

 

 

Speak Lord: The Visitation

VisitationaOn the 4th Sunday of Advent we hear a section of Luke’s narrative of the visit of Mary, mother of Jesus, to Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist.

The mothers greet one another, and in Elizabeth’s womb, the as yet unborn John greets and honours the recently conceived Jesus.

Elizabeth is graced by an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and herself ‘knows’ the wondrous fruit of Mary’s womb.

Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth.

Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’

Luke 1:39-44

The Lukan tradition of John the Baptist kicking in his mother’s womb to welcome the newly conceived Christ in the womb of Mary is something precious…  In a world that places such low estimate on foetal life there is something to ponder there.

  • Pray for all mothers.
  • Pray for children – born and unborn.
  • Pray for a deeper respect for all human beings, at all stages of their lives.

Image of the Visitation: detail of Rosary Triptych by Arthur Fleischmann. (c) 2011, Allen Morris.