Thursday, May 28
This post was provided by Father Desmond Drummer
As we continue to prayerfully monitor developments in Minneapolis related to the violence against the image of God manifested in the life and dignity of George Floyd, I am sharing Psalm 85. In his statement responding to the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police, Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul-Minneapolis quoted the promise found in this psalm. You can access his statement here.
The translation below is from the 1963 Grail Psalms used in the Liturgy of the Hours.
Psalm 85 can be accessed in the online version of the New American Bible Revised Edition.
O Lord, you once favored your land
and revived the fortunes of Jacob,
you forgave the guilt of your people
and covered all their sins.
You averted all your rage,
you calmed the heat of your anger.
Revive us now, God, our helper!
Put an end to your grievance against us.
Will you be angry with us for ever,
will your anger never cease?
Will you not restore again our life
that your people may rejoice in you?
Let us see, O Lord, your mercy
and give us your saving help.
I will hear what the Lord God has to say,
a voice that speaks of peace,
peace for his people and his friends
and those who turn to him in their hearts.
His help is near for those who fear him
and his glory will dwell in our land.
Mercy and faithfulness have met;
justice and peace have embraced.
Faithfulness shall spring from the earth
and justice look down from heaven.
The Lord will make us prosper
and our earth shall yield its fruit.
Justice shall march before him
and peace shall follow his steps.