Today’s responsorial psalm reminds us to put our lives into good order and correct

focus. Our days and years on this earth might seem to stretch out, but in the vast

expanse of human history they are more like the blink of an eye. The psalm writer

prays, “Make us know the shortness of our life, that we may gain wisdom of heart”.

As we gain wisdom of heart we learn that our lives have a purpose and that we are

here to make a difference for good. That, above all, is our calling as followers of

Jesus. We are to carry with us, and then leave behind us, all kinds of evidence that we

have sought to make the world a better place and have tried to do good for the people

with whom we have shared out time and place in human history and in salvation

history. To that aim, we join with the prayer of the psalm writer, asking God to “give

success to the work of our hands.”

Very Rev Dean Kevin Donaghy PP VG