Psalm 112: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (Read)
“Light shines through the darkness
to the upright.”
The Psalm inspires us to have a right
relationship with the Lord
(becoming 'upright.') Having done so,
having delighted in God's commands,
we begin to imitate Him and treat our
brothers and sisters as He would do.
“Light shines through the darkness to
the upright; he is gracious and merciful
and just.” These are heavenly qualities
(being gracious, and merciful and just),
and having God's light in our hearts
inspires us to do good works,
to “conduct our affairs with justice,”
“give to the poor lavishly.”
And as we measure out a good and
generous measure, our measure is returned
to us many times over. As the Psalm says,
we will be lifted up from within; our "horn
shall be exalted in glory."
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. The Psalm's verses are in keeping with this Sunday's Gospel
and the reading from Isaiah. All three affirm that we people of
faith are the 'light of the world' and are motivated to do good deeds.
Give an example of how your light shines through in the darkness.
2. Our psalmist speaks of a man whose 'heart is firm, trusting in
the Lord,' whose 'heart is steadfast.' In our world today, what makes
you firm of heart and trusting in the Lord?