Alleluia: Turn toward God’s Face

Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
July 7, 2022

Today’s Readings

Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, the Alleluia Verse repeats yesterday’s declaration with an added encouragement 

Alleluia, alleluia.
The Kingdom of God is at hand:
repent and believe in the Gospel.

In the tender passage from Hosea, we imagine God as a tender, grieving mother whose child has turned away from Her Love:

Thus says the LORD:
When Israel was a child I loved him, 
out of Egypt I called my son.
The more I called them,
the farther they went from me,
Sacrificing to the Baals
and burning incense to idols.
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
who took them in my arms;
I drew them with human cords,
with bands of love;
I fostered them like one
who raises an infant to her cheeks;
Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,
they did not know that I was their healer.

Our Responsorial Psalm is a plea from that “child” to be welcomed back by God:

Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see:
Take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted,
the beloved creature whom you yourself made strong.

And in our Gospel, we receive the announcement and the urgent invitation telling us WHY it is time to turn toward God:

Jesus said to his Apostles:
“As you go, make this proclamation:
‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

I think it’s safe to say that in most lives there are elements that jeopardize, or at least inhibit, our relationship with God. We have both responsibilities and distractions that divert our intention from a deep spiritual life.

With today’s readings God is asking us to turn around from these distractions and look into the eyes of Infinite Love. We can begin by praying this simple and powerful verse from our Psalm – for ourselves and for our world.

Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.

Poetry: ― Rabindranath Tagore from Gitanjali

Day after day, O Lord of my life, 
shall I stand before thee face to face.
With folded hands, O Lord of all worlds,
shall I stand before thee face to face. 

Under thy great sky in solitude and silence,
with humble heart
shall I stand before thee face to face. 

In this laborious world of thine,
tumultuous with toil and with struggle,
among hurrying crowds
shall I stand before thee face to face. 

And when my work shall be done in this world,
O King of kings,
alone and speechless
shall I stand before thee face to face.

Music: Show Me Your Face, Lord – Steffany Gretzinger

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