Psalm 150:1 -6 Reflection:
“Let everything that lives and that breathes give praise to the Lord.”
Sometimes when we are praying we miss the obvious because we are looking for the hidden and deeper meaning. Perhaps it is that thing inside each of us that is always looking for the exceptional, the new idea or insight that sets us apart from others.
It is my turn to read today in our parish Mass and as I was going over the readings this morning I was struck by the response to the psalm: Let everything that lives and that breathes give praise to the Lord.
The response to the psalm is one of those bits of the Mass that we sort of just glance over and take no heed off. Sometimes when the reader is a bit hard to understand or when we have almost dozed off, we miss the response and don’t know what it is! But it is there for a purpose: the response is our prayer to God and our affirmation of agreement with what was said in the first reading.
We all know that everything in creation gives glory to God: Paul says it when he writes, “The whole of creation groans in one great act of giving birth.” We are taught that as soon as we come to believe in the Christian faith. It becomes part of what we should think every day, training ourselves to see the work of God in all that goes on around us.
Then, maybe, we should look and see if our life and how we live it, says anything about the glory of God.