Monday, January 6, 2014
Psalm for Sunday, January 12, 2014
Psalm 29: 1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10 (Read)
“The God of glory thunders.”
The Psalm is about the splendor and the power of God.
“Give to the Lord the glory due God’s name. Bow down
before the Lord’s holy splendor.” The Psalm speaks
of the voice of the Lord thundering over the waters.
“The voice of the Lord is power, the voice of the Lord
That same awesome voice was heard over the Jordan
River that day when the heavens were torn open and
the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus just after he was
baptized. What could be more powerful than the voice
of God declaring, “This is my beloved Son, with whom
I am well pleased.” (Gospel, Matthew 3: 13-17)
What happened at the Jordan River that day was to fulfill
what the Lord said to Isaiah (Sunday's lst reading, Isaiah 42),
“Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with
whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit.”
The Lord's baptism may have happened over 2000 years
ago, but for us that was a life changing moment.
God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power
that day, the power to serve the faithful (people like us),
and to do battle on our behalf with the devil. (See also
Sunday's 2nd reading, Acts 10: 34-38)
From that time forward we too became eligible to serve
the Lord as His chosen ones. Isaiah tells us what our
spiritual mission is to be; like Jesus, we are to be a light
to the nations, and open the eyes of the blind (those who
do not know the Lord). And imitating Jesus, we are
to bring out prisoners from confinement (those who may
be imprisoned by sin). What better way would there be
for us to serve the Lord?
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. The Psalm asks us, as sons of God, to give to the Lord
glory and praise. Tell of what you are doing to serve the Lord
and adore Him within your family and your community.
2. Our psalmist speaks of a powerful, majestic God, who
speaks with a mighty, thundering voice. How is God's majesty
at work in you, and how have you been empowered to be a good
witness for the Lord?