Psalm 72 – The true King

From my morning office

Captivated by Psalm 72 – how the true King is acknowledged by all the nations because he defends the needy and crushes the oppressor, because he shall deliver the poor, because he shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, because their blood is dear in his sight.

This year the Sunday Gospel is predominantly taken from Luke where this theme of the True King who does justice to the poor is most clear. From the announcement of Jubilee in Nazareth, the declaration that all the land and wealth the rich had amassed would be redistributed – to the blessings and woes, on the poor for theirs is the Kingdom, against the rich for they have already eaten well – to the parable which makes this most plain, that of Dives and Lazarus – Luke reveals the coming Messianic King foretold in Psalm 72

To Be

What we need is a form of life which is completely pointless . . . Rather than serve some utilitarian purpose or earnest metaphysical end, it is a delight in itself. Ot needs no justification beyond its own existence.In this sense the meaning of life is interestingly close to meaninglessness. Religious believers who find this version of the meaning of life a little too laid-back for comfort should remind themselves that God, too, is his own end, ground, origin, reason and self-delight, and that only by living this way can human beings be said to share his life.

Terry Eagleton, The Meaning of Life: A very short introduction (Oxford 2007), pp. 100-1. Quoted in ‘Take the Plunge’: Timothy Radcliffe