Psalm for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Psalm 34: 2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21

Our responsorial psalm for today’s celebration is the third part of Psalm 34, the acrostic poem that constituted the reading for the 19th and 20th Sundays in Ordinary Time (although last week our celebration of the Assumption of Mary supplanted the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time).

It has already been noted that this psalm is less a prayer than an instruction. Its content teaches that the righteous will be blessed and the wicked will be punished.

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