1. May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us.
2. That your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.
3. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
This psalm restates the message of Divine inclusiveness first spoken to Abraham in Genesis: “All nations will be blessed through you.” The outrageous inclusiveness of Divine Love is proclaimed more strongly at the end of scriptures, in Revelation 15:4, “All nations will come and worship before you.” In the current world, immigrants are oppressed, the poor are further dispossessed, and women are disempowered. It does not seem like that all peoples of the world are being united within a spirit of Divine goodness. Yet, scriptures speak of a work in progress. The promise is made real in Christ’s followers and all other peoples of goodwill.
O Light of Heaven, how our hearts long for you!
Within you, let us come together, healed and unified.