Psalm 118: 1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29
This is an Easter psalm;
the psalmist speaks of our savior, our cornerstone.
It is Jesus, and though he appeared
weak and beaten on the cross,
he became victorious over death.
The psalmist speaks of that same irony.
“The stone rejected by the builders
has become the cornerstone.”
The Psalm tells us we are to “Take refuge in the Lord.”
Though mortals may disappoint us,
the Lord will not leave us discouraged.
Better to take refuge in the Lord
than to put one's trust in princes.
Little children know instinctively whom to trust --
they know where the love is coming from.
And we are the same;
as children of God (2nd reading), we put our trust in the Lord.
He is the Good Shepherd.
Where else would we turn?
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.”
It is none other than the Good Shepherd
who comes in the name of the Lord,
to care and protect us sheep (today's Gospel).
Our calling is only to listen for his voice
and to follow him.
Who else knows us as he does,
or is willing to lay down his life for us?
The psalm recalls for us
the paschal mystery of Christ,
who is crucified, resurrected,
and then exalted as the capstone of our faith.
God has shown his love for his people --
Jesus’ risen presence among us
is living proof of God’s enduring love.
Our psalmist confirm this, “God’s love endures forever.'
The Lord’s deliverance is cause for joy.
God’s love is empowering, as the psalm suggests,
This is how we pass from death to life.
We may not have been
one of those who saw Christ
after he rose from the dead,
but he is no less real to us.
There is no doubt that
God's divine intervention
was at work in Christ’s resurrection.
As the psalmist says, we know that,
“By the Lord has this been done,
it is wonderful in our eyes.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist reminds us more than once to trust God,
not mortals or princes. Even though you may not have seen
the Lord in person, do you have any difficulty trusting in one
you have not seen? Explain.
2. The Psalm says, 'Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.' This verse is used
in scripture to welcome Jesus. Discuss how you
have welcomed Jesus into your life.