Psalm for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

Psalm 40: 2, 3, 4, 18

The responsorial psalm for this week comes from Psalm 40, a song of praise and a prayer for help.

Our passage for today is from the thanksgiving portion of this psalm, which contains three main themes: gratitude for being rescued from some kind of difficulty; dedication to God who is the savior; and personal witness in the midst of the community.

The Letter to the Hebrews (10:5-9) quotes the somewhat different Greek version of this psalm, interpreting it as Christ’s self-oblation.

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