Psalm 67: 2-3, 5-6, 8
The verb-forms in this week’s responsorial psalm make it difficult to be categorized. Some commentators believe the verbs are in past tense, classifying the psalm as a prayer of thanksgiving for blessings already received. Others consider them a form of wish or bidding prayer, a moderate request for blessings not yet enjoyed.
Regardless, this psalm is a prayer of blessing. It fits perfectly with the main theme of this week’s readings: salvation and righteousness are available to all, not just those who belong to the right cultural or religious group.