Posts Tagged 'Responsorial Psalm'


When Jesus is arrested and brought to trial on Good Friday, Pontius Pilate asks him, “What is truth?” (John 18:38) Have you ever wondered that? Not necessarily truth in the “big sense,” like the truth of humanity or the truth of the universe, but just plain-old everyday truth. Like whether or not you’re on the right path, whether you should “go for” the opportunity that just presented itself to you, whether your sense of how to live a moral life is on the up-and-up. What’s the truth of those situations? Is God happy with me and my life choices so far? Am I doing the right thing? Have I been following in the path God has marked out for me?

Trying to discern God’s movements in our lives is no easy task. It requires several things:
–a desire to know God’s movements
–an openness to noticing them
–a receptivity to accepting them and what they mean for my life
–a sense of courage to follow-through with the call or invitation of God
–a sense of humility to let go of my own agendas when God might be calling me away from them to something bigger.

This Sunday’s responsorial psalm is a beautiful plea to this God of ours: “Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior.” Might I suggest that you pray with this psalm prayer each day of the coming week, asking God to help you come to know him and his ways better. After all, who better to help us out with our big questions? He IS the Truth.


This Sunday’s responsorial psalm says, “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts (Ps 95).” It seems pretty inconceivable to harden our hearts to the actual voice of God, doesn’t it? I mean, if I knew it was actually God talking, I would listen pretty carefully. Doesn’t everyone wish God’s voice would just come through some cosmic loudspeaker helping us know what to do on any given day in any given circumstance? So what is the psalmist saying when he exhorts us not to “harden our hearts” to the voice of God?

Have you ever known the right thing to do and just not done it? Or have you ever known that “being good” was going to cost you something in your friendships or in your social status? Or have you ever just changed the channel rather than hearing all the tragic news about the Middle East, the poverty of the African people, the victims of justice or violence, or the continued suffering of those most helpless? Have you ever walked past a homeless person on the street, afraid to look him in the eye when he asks you directly for help? Or have you ever heard that sudden, unbeckoned voice in the back of your head telling you to get in touch with an old friend or a long-lost classmate—and then shrugged it off as a weird memory?

I suppose that’s not fair, asking if “you’ve” ever had those experiences…because the real question each of us needs to ask ourselves is, “When I’ve had those experiences, how did I not recognize in them the voice of God?” Maybe this is the psalmist’s point. Maybe this is precisely his point. Help me, Lord, to hear and recognize your voice today—in the Scriptures; in the words of my family, friends, and coworkers; in every opportunity to love that you present to me—and keep my heart soft enough to answer, “Ah, Lord—there you are.”

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