Friday, October 18, 2013

Psalm 95


Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9

#28A Sundays A Contest (3rd Sunday of Lent A)

#127A Solemnities A Context (23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time A)

#141C Solemnities C Context (27th Sunday in Ordinary Time C)

#236 Weekday Years I & II Context (OPTIONAL Weekday 3rd Week of Lent)

#240 Weekday Years I & II Context (Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent)

#410 Weekday Year I Context (Thursday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time)

R. (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord;
let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the Lord who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
“Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
they tested me though they had seen my works.”
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

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Commentary on Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9

This part of Psalm 95, commonly used as the invitatory psalm for the Liturgy of the Hours, is a song of thanksgiving. In these strophes the incident at Meribah is remembered (Exodus 17:3-7), and God’s undeserved mercy proclaimed. The community is rejoicing that the Lord is God and that he has brought us salvation in spite of our forebears' obstinacy. We are encouraged to listen to the Lord, even if what we are asked to do is difficult.

CCC: Ps 95:1-6 2628; Ps 95:7-8 2659; Ps 95:7 1165; Ps 95:9 2119
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Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9

#71B Solemnities B Context (4th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
let us acclaim the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
"Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
they tested me though they had seen my works."
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
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Commentary on Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9

Psalm 95 is a hymn of praise to God recalling his creative hand and omnipresent guidance. The final strophe (vs. 7-9) recalls periods of salvation history where the people challenged God and demanded proofs of his continued support. (“Meribah: literally, "contention"; the place where the Israelites quarreled with God. Massah: "testing," the place where they put God to the trial. Cf Exodus 17:7Numbers 20:13.[1])

CCC: Ps 95:1-6 2628; Ps 95:7-8 2659; Ps 95:7 1165; Ps 95:9 2119
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Psalm 95:6-7c, 8-9, 10-11

#308 Weekday Year I Context (Thursday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time)

R. (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
“Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
they tested me though they had seen my works.”
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Forty years I was wearied of that generation;
I said: “This people’s heart goes astray,
they do not know my ways.”
Therefore I swore in my anger:
“They shall never enter my rest.”
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
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Commentary on Ps 95:6-7c, 8-9, 10-11

We hear the very familiar strains of the Invitatory Psalm from the Divine Office today. The psalm is a song of praise and thanksgiving, with a historical reminder of all that God has done for the people he loves. Today it supports the reading from Hebrews 3:7-14, as we are enjoined not to rebel against God because the journey is so difficult.

CCC: Ps 95:1-6 2628; Ps 95:7-8 2659; Ps 95:7 1165; Ps 95:9 2119; Ps 95:10 539
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Psalm 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7

#508 Weekday Year II Context (Saturday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time)
R. (1 Cor 16: 22b, see Rev. 22: 20c) Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!

#703 Commons Context (The Common of the Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church)

#819 Ritual Mass Context (IX. For the Dedication of a Church or an Altar, 2. Dedication of an Altar, 2.)*

R. (2) Let us come before the Lord and praise him.

Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
R. Let us come before the Lord and praise him.

For the LORD is a great God,
and a great king above all gods;
In his hands are the depths of the earth,
and the tops of the mountains are his.
His is the sea, for he has made it,
and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
R. Let us come before the Lord and praise him.

Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. Let us come before the Lord and praise him.
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Commentary on Ps 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7

Psalm 95 is a song of praise. These strophes rejoice in God’s saving help and extol his greatness as the creator of all things. The psalmist enjoins the faithful to bow down and worship the one who is the great shepherd, who protects his flock from all ills.

The Advent response itself is explained thus: “Marana tha: an Aramaic expression probably used in the early Christian liturgy. As understood here ("O Lord, come!"), it is a prayer for the early return of Christ. If the Aramaic words are divided differently (Maran atha, "Our Lord has come"), it becomes a credal declaration. The former interpretation is supported by what appears to be a Greek equivalent of this acclamation in Rev 22:20 "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!" [2]

CCC: Ps 95:1-6 2628; Ps 95:7-8 2659; Ps 95:7 1165
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*Citation is different but the text is identical
[1] See NAB footnote on Mark 1:21-45
[2] See NAB footnote on 1 Cor 16:22

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