St Canice of Ireland

‘the bottomless mercy of our God…’

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Today’s psalm is an excerpt from the Benedictus, used at morning prayer. Since I say morning prayer with the Anglicans and Methodists who are my colleagues and students, I see this particular translation of the Benedictus less frequently these days. Still, it is firmly etched in my mind, such that when I say the line–translated elsewhere as ‘the loving-kindness of the heart of our God’–I always remember this rendering. To me, it is much more evocative. I know I test the patience of those around me; I am certain that if God’s patience can really be ‘tested’, I test it. And even when I try really hard to do and think and say what I ought to do and think and say, I fail to get it right. So I am glad that God’s mercy is bottomless: I will never find that well of grace has run dry. Never ever.

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