Psalm 16: 1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (Read)
“With the Lord at my right hand, I shall never be shaken.”
This psalm of David speaks to us about a belief in
an everlasting life with God. “Lord, my allotted portion
and my cup, you have made my destiny secure.”
The distress that afflicts us from time to time when
we feel separated from God is overcome – “Keep me,
O God, for in you I take refuge."
St Peter cites the Psalm's verses in today’s 1st
reading (Acts 2: 14, 22-33) and affirms that David's
verses speak of the resurrection of Christ. “You will
not suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.”
Death is destroyed; our faith in everlasting life with
our resurrected Lord is confirmed. “I set the Lord ever
before me; abounding joy in your presence, the delights
at your right hand forever.”
For us these are encouraging words, with a promise that
we too can look forward to being lifted up and spending
the rest of our days in the presence of the Lord.
The Lord promises, if we are His faithful servants, that
we will not have to see the pit; He will not abandon us.
As David says, this is enough to make our hearts glad
and our souls rejoice. When the Lord is with us, do not
our hearts burn within us, as the two disciples declare
on the road to Emmaus in today's Gospel?
Our burdens are made light; His yoke is easy, and that
gladdens the heart and strengthens the body.
We raise a song of praise to our risen Savior!
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. The Psalm 's verses affirm that we who are His faithful ones
will remain in the presence of our Lord forever. Speak of how
you are encouraged by the Psalm's promises.
2. Our psalmist inspires us to set the Lord ever before us and
if we do so, "My soul rejoices, my body too abides in confidence."
How do you go about putting the Lord first in your life despite all
the worldly distractions that surround us.