Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Psalm for Sunday, May 11, 2014
Psalm 23: 1-2, 3-4, 5, 6 (Read)
“The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want."
We are like sheep, and we look to the Good Shepherd
to lead us beside still waters, and guide us along right
paths. We fear no harm, because the Good Shepherd
is at our side.
The Psalm's words are a source of peace for us,
a source of strength, a source of healing. The Lord
provides for us, as he does the little sparrows and the
lilies of the field – “There is nothing I shall want.”
The Lord restores us, for we had gone astray like sheep,
but have returned to the shepherd and guardian of our
souls (today's 2nd reading, 1 Peter 2:20-25). Jesus
himself assures us that we who enter the sheepfold
through Him will be saved and will find pasture (Gospel,
Our psalmist promises that we are to be anointed by
the Lord, “You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.”
This cup becomes for us the precious blood of Christ, the
source of our salvation.
We lack nothing when we trust in the Lord. We fear nothing,
even when our lives are at a low point spiritually or physically.
Having been rescued by our Savior, and now counted among
His obedient sheep, we are ready to do His will. We are
groomed to enter the Kingdom and dwell in the house
of the Lord forever.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. The Psalm assures us that we will be given repose by the Lord
and led to restful waters. Describe how these verses are a source
of peace and a source of healing for you.
2. Our psalmist assures us that only goodness and mercy will
follow us all the days of our life and that we shall dwell in the house
of the Lord forever. Tell of how you are comforted by these words
that speak of our eternal joy in the Lord's mansion.