Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Psalm for Sunday, October 7, 2012
Psalm 128: 1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
“Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home.”
Our psalmist tells us that
a man who has a right relationship
with the Lord will also obtain
a right relationship with his wife
and his family.
And walking in the ways of the Lord
will be reflected in the way a man
treats his wife. A man’s wife is after all,
“bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh.”
(Genesis, 1st reading)
As Christ nourishes the Church,
so a man cherishes his wife,
and nourishes his relationship with her.
And the man’s reward is that his wife
will be like a ‘fruitful vine’ within
his house. This is how a man is blessed
who fears the Lord.
If we have a right relationship with
the Lord, we will know how to treat
our wives and our children, and in turn,
we will discover how blessed we are
in our home and by the presence
of our family. “Just so will they be blessed
who fear the Lord.”
Having been so favored by God,
we understand why, “A man shall leave
his father and mother and be joined
to his wife.” God made them one flesh,
and, “What God has joined, no human
being may separate.” (Gospel)
If we fear the Lord and walk in His
ways, we will receive the blessings
of our labor, prosper in a material way,
and grow old gracefully in the company
of our wife and children.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist speaks of the benefits of a right relationship with the Lord.
Tell of how fearing the Lord has led you to have a better relationship
with your spouse and your family members.
2. The Psalm asks, "May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives."
Recall how you have been blessed by God, both physically and spiritually,
and how you have been inspired to walk in His ways.