Monday, December 24, 2012
Psalm for Sunday, December 30, 2012
Psalm 84: 2-3, 5-6, 9-10
"How lovely is your dwelling place,
O, Lord of Hosts!"
On this Feast of the Holy Family
of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we sing
a psalm overflowing with hope for
all Christians on a pilgrimage to the
house of the Father. The psalm
recalls for us today's Gospel reading
where our young Lord Jesus is found
in the temple and says to his parents,
"Did you not know that I must be in
my Father's house?" Just so for us
pilgrims who join with our psalmist
and sing, "My soul yearns and pines
for the courts of the Lord."
Our destination is heaven, but because
of God's love for mankind, we do not have
to become weary in climbing to a mountain
faraway, as though it were mount Zion.
Our pilgrimage is a journey within;
"Our hearts are set upon the pilgrimage."
For our sake, the Word was made flesh
and dwelt among us, and all we have to do
is open our hearts and prepare to receive
our Savior, God's only son.
For our Lord is a living God, and it is He
to whom we cry out, as our psalmist reminds
us, "My heart and my flesh cry out for the
living God." For us, God's temple is here
on earth. God dwells in our tabernacle;
He is present to us through the Holy Eucharist.
And for this we praise you Lord and join
with the anointed and say, "How lovely is
your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!"
And we sing an Alleluia without end.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist speaks of a pilgrimage for those who seek
to dwell in the house of the Lord. Tell of how your journey
is going and how far along you are in seeking the Lord.
2. The psalm tells of a soul that is yearning for the Lord.
In what way do you also cry out for the living God?