Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose.
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.

He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows. 

Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
Today’s Responsorial Psalm is Psalm 23.  It is probably the most well-known Psalm in the Bible.  Even if you’re not Christian you’ve probably heard it read at a Mass or service or funeral.  It is a scripture that does give comfort through its visual descriptions.
Recently I heard a priest talk about this psalm.  He was coming out of a hospital when he ran into two of his parishioners.  After chatting a few minutes they told him they were visiting a neighbor so he asked if he could join them.  
After introducing the priest to their friend, they decided to pray the Our Father.  When that was done the priest suggested they then pray the Hail Mary.  There was a hesitation and it was revealed that the neighbor was Jewish.  The priest immediately suggested Psalm 23 and they all joined in the recitation.
Sometimes there is a common thread amongst us.  We need to grasp those threads and weave them together so that we are joined instead of divided.

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