Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Psalm for Sunday, July 21, 2013
Psalm 15: 2-3, 3-4, 5
This Psalm of David begins with a familiar question,
“Who may dwell on your holy mountain?”
Fortunately for us, David gives us answers that serve
as a lesson in how today's Christians are to behave
if we are to dwell in God's Kingdom.
David says, “He who does justice will live in the
presence of the Lord.” For us this can mean
whoever has a right relationship with the Lord
will inherit God's Kingdom. Whoever loves God
with all his heart and loves his neighbor as himself
is not far from the Kingdom of heaven, as Jesus
affirms to the scribe in Mark 12:34.
Jesus was born to bring us the Kingdom and to personify
the Kingdom of God to us humans. If we follow what
our psalmist prescribes, we will find that we are able
to live now in the Kingdom of God, here on earth.
David describes what separates us from God and
His Kingdom. Our separation is caused by the
sinful things that we do and the harmful habits
that we acquire willfully. This separation can only
be healed through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jesus shows us that the Kingdom of God is
at hand and can for us become a present reality,
inside of us and within our community. Just as
David did, we hunger for God's presence; we long
for His Kingdom.
Fortunately for us, through the Eucharist we are able to
receive Jesus physically and spiritually and to live in
His Body as He lives in ours. And having Jesus inside
us and living within Him, we are able to make the
Kingdom present to our family and our community.
Our God intended for us to have a share in His own
divinity. All we have to do is accept God's Son into
our hearts and follow His teachings. Then you
and I will be not far from the Kingdom. We will have
Jesus in our midst, and we will be able
to dwell on God's holy mountain.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist David asks us once again, "Who may
dwell on God's holy mountain?" Drawing from the
verses of the Psalm, speak of what you are doing to
draw closer to God.
2. The Psalm says that one who thinks the truth in his
heart will live in the presence of the Lord. Describe how
you are making sure you have a pure heart so as to gain
favor with God.