Monday, November 5, 2012
Psalm for Sunday, November 11, 2012
Psalm 146: 7, 8-9, 9-10
“The Lord gives food to the hungry,
sets captives free.”
The Psalm sings of the promises
of the prophets. Just as Elijah
promised the widow in our lst reading
that she would not go hungry,
so does the Psalm promise that
the Lord will give food to the hungry.
But the Lord’s promises go far
beyond flour and oil. His promises
are fulfilled in the arrival of Jesus,
who once and for all appears before us,
and who is that holy sacrifice that
redeems us (Hebrews, 2nd reading).
Christ carries out the promises of
the Psalm – He sets us captives free
and gives sight to us so we can truly see.
As in the Gospel and the story of
the poor widow, the Lord raises us
up when we are down. He sustains us --
with real food and drink.
“The Lord raises up those who were
bowed down.” We are all bowed down
because of our brokenness at one time
or another. And where do we turn
to be lifted up and made whole again?
We turn to the Lord. Who else has
the grace and the mercy to heal us?
The Psalm contains encouraging words
not only for poor widows but for each
of us as well. When were we oppressed,
or hungry, or in prison? Have we not
been under pressure from the evil one
to commit sin? Have we not been held
captive at one time or another by our sins?
And do we not experience a hunger for
the Lord and for a deeper faith?
That same power that gives sight to the
blind and raises up those who are bowed
down is available to lift us up away
from whatever imprisons us. All it takes
is to receive Him and open our hearts
to the Lord our Savior.
So we can pray this Psalm, not only in
honor of the heavenly Father, but also
in honor of Christ, whom God exalted.
And having done that, we can join with
the psalmist and sing, “The Lord shall
reign forever; our God, through all
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist promises that the Lord will secure justice
for the oppressed and set captives free. In what ways have
you been imprisoned, and how has the Lord set you free?
2. The Psalm says the Lord gives food to the hungry.
Describe how the Lord has given you real food and drink
to satisfy your hunger for a closer relationship with Him.