Sunday, October 05, 2008

Introduction to Vespers (Psalter: Week 3, Sunday Evening Prayer II)

Psalm 110 (111) which we pray this evening, can be said as a 'good finale' for the celebration of Sunday. As we meditate it towards the end of the 'Day of the Lord', it helps us to contemplate the Paschal Mysteries of Jesus that we have celebrated in the Eucharist earlier today:- "Great are the works of the Lord, to be pondered by all who love Him". In fact, the 'Day of the Lord reminds us that our Lord does wonders! Christ's resurrection, which we have contemplated at Mass today, is only the beginning of universal resurrection which all of us desire so much. For the Eucharistic celebration is a foretaste of the heavenly banquet.

By keeping His covenant ever in mind, God "gives food to those who fear him." The Eucharist which we celebrated today in union with the whole church throughout the world has made God's covenant present with mankind.

This psalm is also a reminder of how our God has done marvels for us. Therefore as we pray, we remember that "
majestic and glorious are the works of the Lord, which is to be pondered by all who love him." Let us give thanks to the Lord with all our hearts, for "the Lord is compassion and love."

The quotations above are all from Psalm 110 (111).