Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Psalm for Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014
Psalm 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23 (Read)
“The right hand of the Lord has struck with power.”
The Psalm celebrates a great victory over death.
The victory is won by the Lord’s 'right hand,' a clear advance notice of the power of the Son of God.
“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works
of the Lord.” These could have been Jesus' own
words, speaking about His resurrection and His
food, which is to do the work of the Father.
Our risen Savior has defeated death and the power
that sin has over us. And we live on in His kingdom. Having become yoked to Jesus, we willingly praise God and follow His direction in our lives.
We may ask, “Having been saved, what are we
obliged to do? What is our commission?”
In today's 1st reading, St Luke tells us what we are
commissioned to do – we are to preach to the people
and testify that Jesus is the one anointed by God.
We are an Easter people; Christ has become our
cornerstone. As the psalmist says, “The stone the
builders rejected has become the corner stone.”
The mystery is that Christ has become a source of
strength for us, despite His apparent weakness that
day on the cross, when He died a shameful death.
Only the Lord could have done this remarkable
thing – “This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist affirms, "I shall declare the works of the Lord."
Tell what this verse means to you. How are you going about
doing the work of the Lord?
2. The Psalm declares, "The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone." Speak about how our Savior
is like a rock in your life and how you build your life around