Weekend Reflections for 6/23/17
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 69 - Responsory, "Lord, in your great love, answer me."
The psalm gets overlooked in the Mass readings, even though they are the very prayers that the Lord Jesus used and that from the days of the disciples we have heard the voice of Jesus in the psalms. This one is used in the accounts the Passion as it gives voice to the suffering of an innocent person.
It's a lament, a passionate expression of grief, often suffering and colored with anger. It demands that God do something, now! The psalmist complains of alienation from God and rehearsed a litany of estrangement from family, community and justice. "Save me, God," the speaker demands, "I am weary with crying out; / My throat is parched, / My eyes fail, / From looking for my God." I've had it, do something and do it quick, God.
There are times I feel that distress in an urgent moment and Jesus too could give voice to such an insistent demand for God's action and in a tone more than tinged with anger. Often repeating a verse of a psalm like this one can express those deep emotions that rise up in relationship with God.
Francis X. Ryan, SJ
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY