Monday, December 9, 2019

Psalm for Sunday, December 15, 2019


Reflections
 

Psalm 146:  6-7, 8-9, 9-10   (Read)

“The Lord God keeps faith forever.”

The Psalm tells us that our long journey
of waiting and petitioning the Lord has
come to an end.  For us, then, the Psalm
is about the time of Advent, when the
promises of Isaiah and the other prophets 

are fulfilled. (Isaiah 35: 1-6, 10)
The coming of Jesus means for us that 
we who are afflicted will be set free; 
we who are hungry will receive real food.

Why do we trust in God and not princes of
this world?  Because, “The Lord God keeps
faith forever; He gives food to the hungry.”
Who among us is not hungry for a closer
relationship with The Lord?

And, “The Lord gives sight to the blind.”
Our eyes are opened when we enter the 

kingdom.  St James tells us that our patience 
will be rewarded.  (James 5: 7-10)
And the psalm confirms this, “The Lord raises 
up those who are bowed down.” 
We are raised up with the Lord Jesus.

Our psalmist sings about God's promises to the
oppressed, the hungry, the prisoner, the blind,
and those who are bowed down in one way or
another.  We could all benefit by being set free
in the Spirit or healed, so that we are no longer
blinded.   Then we too would no longer be lame,
but would be able to leap like a stag as the
prophet Isaiah promises. (Isaiah 35: 6)

And how are the promises of the psalmist fulfilled?
Where else but in the healing ministry of Jesus,
as the Gospel tells us.  (Matthew 11: 2-11)

Who else has the grace and the mercy to heal us?

Advent is our time to be joyful.  The coming of
the Messiah opens up a new time for us, a time
of promise.  We can celebrate with our psalmist,
“The Lord shall reign forever; your God, Zion,
through all generations!  Hallelujah!”

Amen



Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  The Psalm's verses speak of a hopeful time when our God
will come and save us.  Tell of what it means to you to trust in
the Lord, to be set free, and to be raised up.

2.  Our psalmist promises that the Lord will give food to the
hungry.  Speak of your hunger for a closer relationship with the
Lord, and how you expect to receive real food this Advent.




Monday, December 2, 2019

Psalm for Sunday, December 8, 2019


Reflections

Psalm 72:  1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17  (Read)

“May He rule from sea to sea, and 
from the River to the ends of the earth.” 

Our psalmist (Solomon) speaks about a 
perfect king – a king who judges like God, 
governs His people with justice, His afflicted 
with right judgment.  The psalm's verses speak 
of a king that is to live as long as the sun endures,
like the moon through all generations.

The more we read the Psalm, the more it tells us
about the Messiah to come – “May all kings bow
before him, all nations serve him.” He is to fulfill
all the hopes placed upon Him by the prophets. 
And, “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,”
as Isaiah says beautifully in this Sunday's 1st reading. 

Only the expected Messiah can receive from God 
the wisdom and judgment to govern the people with
justice.  The Messiah brings great prosperity and 
rules the promised land from sea to sea.

The Psalm's verses recall for us our Savior's
promises, to rescue us when we cry out and save us 
when we are oppressed.  He lifts us up when we are
poor in spirit.

We see the light -- the Messiah is revealed to us Christians 
as Christ our King.  “May His name be blessed forever;
as long as the sun His name shall remain.”

Amen


 

Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  This Sunday's Psalm speaks of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

who is to be endowed by God as a just King.   Describe how you will
make room for the Lord in your life so that He may govern how you conduct 

yourself this Advent season.

2.  Our psalmist writes about the profound peace that will flourish when the 

Messiah arrives.   Tell of how you will receive the Lord's peace during Advent 
and how this will affect your life.



Monday, November 25, 2019

Psalm for Sunday, December 1, 2019


Reflections

Psalm 122: 1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9  (Read)


“I rejoiced when they said to me, 
'Let us go up to the house of the Lord.”














This Sunday we revisit this Psalm that sings of a 
spiritual journey to the house of the Lord, the holy 
city of Jerusalem.  In Sunday’s first reading the 
prophet Isaiah also speaks about a journey to Zion, 
to the house of God, and to God’s holy mountain. 
(Isaiah 2: 2-3)   We too are called to make that 
same journey, that we may walk in His paths. 
Our psalmist says, “Our feet are standing within 
your gates, Jerusalem.” 

But why are we called to make that journey?
Firstly, we stand with the Israelites who already 
dream of gathering together at some future time.
But secondly, for us as Christians, the psalm is a 
vision of the end times, when our spiritual 
pilgrimage leads us from earth to heaven.

Our psalmist says we are called to give thanks 
to the name of the Lord, but we note also there 
are set up judgment seats at our destination.
For our journey ends where God resides, His 
kingdom of heaven, and we must be prepared 
to be in His presence. 

St Paul, in Sunday’s second reading,
cautions us to throw off the works of darkness, 
and to put on the armor of light, to conduct 
ourselves properly as in the day, to put on the
Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 13: 12-14)
Jesus himself says in this  Sunday's Gospel ,
“You must be prepared, for at an hour you do 
not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
(Matthew 24:44)

Jerusalem in the Psalm symbolizes for us the 
end of our journey, being present with the Lord. 
This is what God has planned for His people --
When we arrive in God's holy city, the kingdom 
of God will come to us in its fullness, and we will 
live in peace. As the psalmist tells us, we will be 
filled with a desire to say, "Peace be with you.”
I will pray for your good.”

Amen


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  As we begin a new season of Advent, the Psalm  encourages us 
to be prepared for the time when we will be in God's kingdom and 
He will be present to us.   Speak about what you are doing to prepare 
yourself to be in God's holy city.

2.  As we prepare to receive the Prince of Peace within our midst, 
our psalmist asks us to pray for peace within the walls of the holy city 
and within ourselves.  What are you doing to ensure that you have peace 
within you and how are you conveying your peace to others around you?