Monday, June 16, 2014
Psalm for Sunday, June 22, 2014
Psalm 147: 12-13, 14-15, 19-20 (Read)
“With the best of wheat he fills you."
God has been a provider to His people
ever since He created us. But the beauty
of His providence is that He provides for us
spiritually as well as physically. During the
Liturgy of the Eucharist, as the gifts are
being prepared, the priest says,
“Through your goodness we have this bread
to offer, which earth has given, it will become
for us the bread of life.”
We are nourished by the Eucharist, by the body
and blood of our Lord Jesus. And that is where
our life comes from, our hope, our salvation.
All we have to do is receive Him with a clean heart
and avoid partaking of the “table of demons” (1 Cor 10: 20).
Our Lord's body is real food, and when we eat it
we are given a share in the divine life. During
the Mass the celebrant prays, “By the mystery
of this water and wine may we come to share in
the divinity of Christ, who humbled Himself
to share in our humanity.”
St Paul says in our 2nd reading we all “partake
of the one loaf” (1 Cor 10: 17). We share in
the bread of life, and our Savior's body is a
source of nourishment for us. This Sunday's
Gospel reminds us that Jesus is the living bread
from heaven. Praise God!
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. The Psalm speaks of our Lord as being a good provider; He fills
us with the best of wheat. Speak of how you are nourished by the real
food of the Eucharist.
2. Our psalmist declares that God's word runs swiftly as the Lord sends
forth His command to the earth. These verses allude to the power of
God's word in our lives. Tell of how you receive the word of God and how
it affects you.