The Responsorial Psalm at Mass sung at Mass on Sunday, the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, celebrates the faithfulness of the Lord. and his protection of his people.
In the wake of the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel, yesterday in St Etienne-du-Rouvray, one may look somewhat askance at the sentiment of the psalm. But if we do it is a reminder of how often we collapse the promises of God into a promise of well-being in this life, here and now – and often regardless of how others fare. The promise of God is for our relationship with him, which sustains us now, but is also about life beyond the here and now.
To that life, and the love that pervades it, we commend Fr Jacques. To the loving God also let us pray for his killers, and for the parish of St Etienne, and the families of the killers…
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