Speak Lord: to your unworthy servants

BetjemanThe Psalm at Mass on Sunday, the 14th of the Year, has us sing of our attentiveness to the Lord, patient for his mercy.

Our eyes are on the Lord till he shows us his mercy.

To you have I lifted up my eyes,
you who dwell in the heavens;
my eyes, like the eyes of slaves
on the hand of their lords.

Our eyes are on the Lord till he shows us his mercy.

Like the eyes of a servant
on the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes are on the Lord our God
till he show us his mercy.

Our eyes are on the Lord till he shows us his mercy.

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
We are filled with contempt.
Indeed all too full is our soul
with the scorn of the rich,
with the proud man’s disdain.

Our eyes are on the Lord till he shows us his mercy.

Psalm 122:1-5

Singing the psalm we might well wonder who the ‘we’ of the psalm is.

  • Is it us? Those present now? Are we the humble – at least lately full of contempt but now attentive to the Lord.
  • Is it Ezekiel? The psalm is sung at Mass tomorrow in response to the first reading that gives  account of his call.
  • Is it the rebels to whom he is sent? Rebels who prefigure the people of Nazareth who will spurn Jesus in the Gospel to be read on Sunday?

Perhaps the latter is the most plausible identification of the ‘we’ (though individuals  at Mass, of course, will surely make what ever association they will.) Yet, we are those who have failed to be faithful. We are the rebels.

We are also those who have gathered to praise the Lord and give thanks on this anniversary day of the Resurrection, and to be recipients once more of his love and mercy.

In our new-won humility and graciousness is a sign of hope for all in revolt from goodness, beauty and truth. God’s reconciling love is freely offered, even to those who deserve it least.

  • Give thanks to the Lord.
  • Pray for his mercy

Photograph of statue of Sir John Betjeman, St Pancras Station (c) 2009, Allen Morris

Advertisements

One thought on “Speak Lord: to your unworthy servants

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s