Astonishment

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For 20 October 2021, Wednesday of week 29 in Ordinary Time, based on Psalm 124:1b-3, 4-6, 7-8

Our help is in the name of the Lord.

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side
—let Israel now say—
if it had not been the Lord who was on our side,
when our enemies attacked us,
then they would have swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;

Our help is in the name of the Lord.

then the flood would have swept us away,
the torrent would have gone over us;
then over us would have gone
the raging waters.

Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Blessed be the Lord,
who has not given us
as prey to their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird
from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped.

Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

Our help is in the name of the Lord.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Brian Guadalupe Walker, O.P. is a member of the province of St. Albert the Great assigned to inner city Chicago, and is currently an itinerant preacher doing parish missions and retreats both in English and in Spanish wherever the preaching calls him. Visit his web site at www.OPFriar.com.