Monday, January 14, 2013
Psalm for Sunday, January 20, 2013
Psalm 96: 1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10
“Give to the Lord the glory due his name!”
This psalm is a song of Israel,
the chosen people, brought back
from exile. Their joy and praise
is understandable; in our 1st reading
(Isaiah) God calls them “His Delight,
His Espoused.” No wonder they
want to “sing to the Lord a new song,”
and tell of God’s glory and His
We are all summoned to adoration
of our sovereign God. We are called
to give Him “glory and might, as our
psalmist says. And we are called
to bring gifts as we enter His courts.
But no matter how precious our own
offerings may be, they are no match
for the gifts of the Spirit that each
of us receives, and which St. Paul speaks
about in our 2nd reading. Each of us
receives these spiritual gifts individually,
and they are given through the Spirit to us
for 'some benefit.'
In this week's Gospel our Lord Jesus uses
His marvelous gifts to turn water into wine
at the wedding in Cana, and so reveals
His glory. Even today the Lord provides
real food and real drink for us, in the
Eucharist. What better nourishment
could there be in our lives? As the psalm
says, we are called to be grateful and
“give to the Lord the glory due His name,”
to bow down to the Lord and to tremble
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist encourages us to 'Sing to the Lord a new song."
What is it about your faith that makes you want to sing praise to the Lord?
2. The Psalm urges us to 'Proclaim His marvelous deeds to all the nations.'
How will you go about proclaiming the Gospel to those around you in your
family and your community?