Monday, January 20, 2014

Psalm for Sunday, January 26, 2014


Psalm 27: 1, 4, 13-14 (Read)

"The Lord is my life's refuge."

 The Psalm is about trusting the Lord
and our desire to spend the rest of our days
in His presence.  The Psalm says, "One thing
I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the
house of the Lord all the days of my life."

Perhaps this desire to be with the Lord
is what inspired Simon Peter and his brother
Andrew that day by the Sea of Galilee, when
they left their father and their nets to follow
Jesus and be his disciples (Sunday's Gospel).
Surely, Peter and Andrew recognized Jesus
as their own personal light and their own
personal Savior.   As the Psalm says,
"The Lord is my light and my salvation."

As we grow older, we too take steps on our
journey to be with the Lord, to enter His house.
Recall that Jesus said, “My house has many
mansions.”  It is no accident that older people
want to go to daily Mass and be with the Lord
as much as possible.  They are called to that
promise of eternal joy when they may “gaze on
the loveliness of the Lord” all the days of their lives.


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  Two verses of the Psalm assure us that we
should not fear, or be afraid of anyone, so long
as the Lord is our refuge and our salvation.  How
do you apply these verses to your daily life?

2.  Our psalmist asks, "To dwell in the house of
the Lord all the days of my life that I may gaze on the
loveliness of the Lord."   Where is the house of the Lord,
and how do you believe you will get there?

1 comment:

  1. In theory, it's a lot easier for an older person to drop EVERYTHING and follow the Lord all the days of our young children, no work,'s so much easier to say, "why not?" It must have been very difficult for the young fishermen who were in the prime of their lives to give it all up and follow Christ.