Have you ever used this phrase when struggling to explain something? Have you ever caught yourself, or someone else inserting this phrase into every sentence? Doesn’t it get.....like.....annoying?
In today’s gospel Jesus uses this term in a very different way: with ultimate clarity. The kingdom is like (or rather) “.....may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.” Matt. 22:2
The prophet Isaiah describes a mountain-top feast with similar clarity. On this mountain the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich foods and choice wines, juicy rich foods and pure choice wines. Is. 25:6
Psalm 23 gives us more images: green pastures, still waters, a table set. The verse we repeat connects us to the theme of all three readings - a vision of salvation. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. Ps 23:6b
We Come to Your Feast reminds us that in the Eucharist we share in God’s kingdom here and now. “By the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life when God will be all in all” (Catechism of the Catholic Church). Perhaps some of you will remember it from the liturgies in which we celebrated the first Holy Communion of our children.
The Lord is My Shepherd is a contemporary version of psalm 23 by Josh Blakesley. The repetitive refrain is mantra-like and an excellent setting for the Communion procession.
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