Sunday 17 September 2017
Psalter Week IV. 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ecclesiasticus 27:30 – 28:7. Psalm 102(103):1-4, 9-12. Romans 14:7-9. Matthew 18:21-35.
The Lord is kind and merciful; slow to anger and rich in compassion — Psalm 102(103):1-4, 9-12.
‘Bless the Lord, O my soul. And all that is within me bless his holy name.’
‘All that is within me’, as used by the psalmist, suggests that the totality of our being is activated when we praise God. To be half-hearted when praying would be unworthy of our relationship with God, so great is God’s steadfast love for us.
And it would not do justice to our own being. ‘All that is within us’ includes our God-given capacity to be loving, thinking, achieving, loyal, trusting and trustworthy people. Our faith lives, as individuals and as community, are fully activated when we bring these qualities to bear on our relationship with God.
The psalmist gives voice to all this: ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul. And all that is within me bless his holy name.’