Psalm 66: 1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20 (Read)
“Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds!”
The Psalm celebrates the awesome power of God,
manifest in “His tremendous deeds among the children
of Adam.” Our psalmist recalls the dividing of the Red
Sea, which delivered Israel from the Egyptians, by the
favor of God. That same awesome power that split the
Red Sea became available to the early apostles of the
Church, as they went about healing and doing signs
Where does that power come from to heal the lame and
drive out unclean spirits? It comes from the Holy Spirit,
who accomplishes in each of us a spiritual resurrection.
No wonder those early believers in Samaria were eager
to have St Peter and St John lay hands on them so they
could receive the Holy Spirit (1st reading, Acts 8:5-8, 14, 17).
In response, they cry out to God with joy, as our psalmist
says, “Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.”
We too cannot help but sing praise to God when we feel
His presence within us. In today's Gospel (John 14:15-21)
our Savior promises that He will not leave us spiritual orphans.
Rather, He assures us that we are in Him and He is in us.
We proclaim His glorious praise, and we on earth worship Him.
We want all the earth to know what God has done for us;
as the Psalm says, we shout joyfully to God and proclaim His
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. The Psalm urges us to say to God, "How tremendous are
your deeds!" Speak of the Lord's awesome works in your life
and how you go about praising Him.
2. Our psalmist blesses God who "refused me not." Tell of how
your petitions and prayers have been answered by the Lord.