Lectionary Reflection for the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 34:

Psalm 34 is an acrostic psalm where each verse begins with a subsequent letter in the Hebrew alphabet. It is a testimony of gratitude for divine deliverance, beginning with reference to a particular occasion of God’s grace (vv. 4-6) and continuing with a beautiful anthology of general reasons for praise.

This psalm has been called an “anthology of faithful spirituality” and is an address from the psalmist to the community. It is noted for its stunning imagery: the “shining face” of those who turn toward God (v. 5), the command to “taste” God’s goodness (v. 8), and God’s deliverance of those who are “crushed in spirit” (v. 18).


A prayer for reflection:

Great and loving God, you heal our broken hearts and restore our wounded spirits.
Help us to trust in your faithfulness, feast upon your goodness, and pursue your peace
as we await your kingdom’s fulfillment.
We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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