Psalm 23: 1-3, 3-4, 5, 6 (Read)
“You anoint my head with oil."
Just as David was anointed by Samuel,
so too we are chosen by the Lord to be
His servants and to do His work.
Our own family members may scoff at this,
and we may think we are least likely to succeed
as a servant of God. But the Lord anoints ordinary
people to do extraordinary things. The weak
are chosen to shame the strong.
Where does the power come from to do the
Lord's work? Like David, we are anointed
with oil by the Lord, and we make a covenant
with Him. Our trust in the Lord is rewarded.
We must do as David did and open our hearts
to receive the Holy Spirit. St Paul says it another
way in this Sunday's 2nd reading – “Awake O' sleeper,
and Christ will give you light.”
Sunday's Gospel shows us that Jesus came to cure
our spiritual blindness. We lack nothing when we
trust in the Lord. We fear nothing, even when our
lives are at a low point spiritually or physically.
Our eyes are opened by our trust in the Lord;
we are led out of the dark valley of sin and sloth.
Our response, as the psalmist says, is to let the Lord
lead us, to listen to Him, and to take courage from Him.
God sends His Son to save us and His Spirit to live
within us. “Surely goodness and mercy will follow us
all the days of our life, and we shall dwell in the house
of the Lord forever.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist says that the Lord guides us in right paths
for His name's sake. Do you feel chosen to do God's will?
If so, how are you overcoming any obstacles to make it happen?
2. The Psalm's verses affirm, 'The Lord is at my side,
with His rod and His staff that give me courage.' Are you
empowered to serve God and live out the Gospel? Give an example.