Sr. Rosaleen is going to do a short commentary this week on this Sunday’s Responsorial Psalm.[1]

This week gives us part of Psalm118,[2] the longest one in the Book of the Psalms. However, this is not its real importance, rather it is the fact that Psalm 118 is in praise of the divine law. You might say, oh that means obligations that are too hard for me to keep!

No, it does not for “This Psalm is steeped in love for the word of God whose beauty, saving power and capacity for giving joy and life it celebrates; because the divine Law is not the heavy yoke of slavery but a liberating gift of grace that brings happiness.”[3] The Psalm therefore says “They are happy whose life is blameless, who follow God’s law! They are happy those who do his will, seeking him with all their hearts.[4]  Thus the Response is “They are happy who follow God’s law!”[5]

Let us take time to meditate on God’s law – “Open my eyes that I may consider the wonders of your law.[6] Opening ones eyes means taking the time to do ponder the law of God, not in a pharisaical way, i.e. without regard to the spirit of the law. God’s law is there to guide us, to lead us along the truth path, the path that winds around corners, into valleys, up high hills but that eventually leads to the Beatific Vision of God. Call it a compass, if you will.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP



[1] Psalm 118:1-2. 4-5. 17-18. 33-34.

[2] Psalm 119 according to the Hebrew tradition


[4] Psalm 118, verse 1-2

[5] Psalm 118:1

[6] Ibid., v.18