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His love endures for ever

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His love endures for ever

Psalm 117 (118) has long been used by Churches both in East and West as a fitting psalm for Morning Prayer (Matins) on a Sunday (for us, in weeks 2 and 4).  It begins:

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good

for his love endures for ever.  

Let the sons of Israel say:

‘His love endures for ever.’

Let the sons of Aaron say:

‘His love endures for ever.’

Let those who fear the Lord say:

‘His love endures for ever.’

Sunday is the day of Resurrection.  We recall the women with their ointments, picking their way through the dewy grass and undergrowth.  Soon they hurry back, not noticing now their wet toes and dew-soaked hems.  Next, the morning sees Peter and John – the fishermen oblivious of Spring dew – running to behold the miracle for themselves.  Can’t you imagine them all adding their names to that roll-call: Let the witnesses to the resurrection say: ‘His love endures for ever’!

Sunday is the day of resurrection not only ‘back then’, but in our day too.  We gather to celebrate the Eucharist – which as you know means ‘thanksgiving’ – to give thanks to the Lord, for his goodness.  The joy of the resurrection touches us every Sunday as we gather to encounter the risen Lord as a community of believers.  Together we can pray with the psalmist the lines quoted by Jesus:

The stone which the builders rejected

has become the corner stone.

This is a work of the Lord, 

a marvel in our eyes.

‘This day was made by the Lord;

we rejoice and are glad’.  

Those words are as fresh and relevant now as they were when Jesus spoke them.  The work of the Lord is still a marvel in our eyes, as he continues to unfold his mysteries for us today.  ‘This day was made by the Lord; we rejoice and are glad’.  We pray that verse particularly on Easter Sunday and it might seem odd to be reflecting on it in Ordinary Time.  Yet, was this day not also make by the Lord?  Each and every day is a gift from God, full of signs of His love for us; a love that endures for ever.

As is so often the way, the psalmist’s joy causes him to flow from speaking about God to speaking to God as the psalm ends:

You are my God, I thank you.

My God, I praise you.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good;

for his love endures for ever.   

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