Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Psalm for Sunday, January 15, 2012
Psalm 40: 2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
This Psalm is a prayer of gratitude
and of obedience to the Lord.
Our psalmist David answered God’s call
when he said, “Here I am,”
in much the same way as does young Samuel
in our first reading.
Samuel waited expectantly
for the Lord to speak to him –
he was ‘all ears’
when he heard the Lord’s voice,
and he grew up serving the Lord
and following God.
Our psalmist says,
“He put a new song into my mouth.”
For us too it is no longer the same old tune
or the same old we. We are in fact
a new creation, singing out the good news.
Where does our joyful spirit come from?
It comes from the Lord, and we are called
to share what he has given us and to do
his will, which is our delight.
In the Gospel reading
Andrew recognizes Jesus as the anointed
and is drawn to him.
Andrew and his brother Simon
truly become members of Christ.
They are joined to the Lord
and have become one spirit with him,
as St. Paul proclaims in our 2nd reading.
We too are called to follow Christ
and to do his will.
Obedience isn’t an unpleasant chore for us;
instead as the Psalm tells us,
“To do your will is my delight.”
Discussion questions for Reflection
1. In this beautiful Psalm our psalmist speaks of
waiting, waiting for the Lord. Tell what it means to you
to have waited for the Lord, and what has been the result
of your presenting yourself to the Lord?
2. Our psalmist is delighted to do God's will;
he says to God, "your law is within my heart!"
Have you also felt the Lord's pleasure
when you obey him and serve him? What does
it mean to you to say God's law is within my heart?