Psalm 23 speaks of God's peace, love and steadfastness
by Sister Rose Jochmann
Sunday's psalm response provided me with the themes I see in the day's readings. The psalm response is from Psalm 23, “The Lord is My Shepherd.” This psalm speaks to me of my “better days” and it is a psalm I return to on my “tough days.” It speaks to me of comfort, rest and refreshment, peace, trust in God.
In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus told his apostles to “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” Not only that, Jesus “was moved with pity for the crowd, for they were like sheep without a shepherd.” This Gospel is echoed in Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want … beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul.”
The second reading from Ephesians reminds us that Jesus “came and preached peace to those who were far off and peace to those who were near.” Where do I find peace? From Psalm 23: “Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.”
Whether this is a “better day” for you or a “tough day”, pray reflectively our Psalm response. What is God saying to you?
Psalm 23 1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose.
Beside restful waters he leads me;
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff that give me courage.
You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.
Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.