Singing from saint benedict’s table
Last Sunday evening – The Feast of the Epiphany – we sang something inspired by lyrics originally composed thousands of years ago by a member of a priestly writing guild. The job of this writer was to create poems and songs to teach the people of Israel how to relate to God.
But when he wrote what came to be known as Psalm 42, this priest was probably hiding in exile with King David during the coup of Absalom. His spiritual vocation required him to be in Jerusalem, but he was stuck in the mountains of the north. Out of that sense of dislocation and distance he gave us a powerful image of desire for God.