Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Psalm for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011


The Psalm is a prayer
that God will restore peace and prosperity to the Israelites.
“Surely the Lord will proclaim peace to his people…
prosperity will fill our land.”

As the prophet Isaiah says in our 1st reading,
we look to the Lord for comfort,
and we are to “cry out at the top of our voice to our God.”
But for us Christians the Psalm is more than a cry –
it is a promise of salvation.
“Near indeed is salvation for those who fear him.”
St. Peter too affirms that the Lord does not delay
in keeping his promise in our 2nd reading.

And what should we expect?
Nothing less than the coming of the Messiah himself.
“Truth will spring from the earth,”
(when the Messiah is born).

The psalmist prepares the way of the Lord,
as does John the Baptist in this week’s Gospel,
As the psalm says, “Justice shall walk before him
and prepare the way of his steps.”


Discussion Questions for Reflections:

1. Our psalmist says, "I will hear what God proclaims." For us, this verse can be seen as a reminder to study the Word of the Lord. Explain how your study of the Word is strengthening your faith.

2. The Psalm says that, "Truth shall spring out of the earth." This verse may foretell the coming of the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ. What else about the Psalm prepares us for the birth of our Savior?

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