Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Psalm for Sunday, March 23, 2014
Psalm 95: 1-2, 6-7, 8-9 (Read)
“We are the people God shepherds, the flock
The Psalm is a call to praise the Lord
and to obey Him. We are cautioned not
to “harden our hearts” as the Israelites
did at Meribah. We are not to test the Lord
as our spiritual ancestors tested the Lord
“as in the day of Massah in the desert.”
After all, we are “God’s well tended flock.”
Our Lord is a good shepherd, and we are His
sheep. As St Paul tells us in today's 2nd reading,
the love of God is “poured out into our hearts
through the holy Spirit.” For that we should
“bow down in worship, kneel before the Lord
who made us.” And when we humble ourselves
and open our hearts to the Lord, we are set free.
We are no longer constrained by the things of
this world, and we can be open to His love and
Today's Gospel affirms that Our Lord Jesus
is our Savior, and just as the life of the Samaritan
woman at the well was transformed by the voice
of Jesus, we too can be transformed, if we truly
listen to the Lord. Not only will He tell us
“everything we ever did,” but He will give us
that living water which quenches our spiritual
At that point our hearts will no longer be hardened.
We will 'bow down in worship,' and as our psalmist
says, we will greet our Lord with a song of praise.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist encourages us not to harden our hearts if we
hear God's voice. Do you find it difficult sometimes to carry out
God's will in your life even if you believe He is speaking to you?
Give an example.
2. The psalm reminds us that we are like sheep and the Lord is our
shepherd. Are you willing to be just an ordinary sheep among His
flock? If so, what does it mean to you to be shepherded by the Lord?