Psalm 104: 1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 (Read)
“When you send forth your spirit, they are created.”
Animated by the Spirit, the divine breath,
we who are His creatures sing of the glory
of our Creator.
“When you send forth your Spirit, you renew
the face of the earth.” God our Creator is the
source of all natural life. So also the Holy Spirit
is the source of all supernatural life. We are
nothing without the divine breath -- “When you
take away their breath, they perish and return
to their dust.”
It is this same creative breath that came down
on the disciples in that locked room St Luke
speaks of in our 1st reading (Acts 2: 1-11).
The Holy Spirit empowered the disciples to
go forth and proclaim the Gospel boldly to
men of all nations, speaking different tongues.
We too are called to be baptized in the Spirit,
and to receive the divine breath of the Lord.
Having been baptized in the Spirit, we are a
new creation, and are called to glorify the Lord
in what we do. In this way, as the Psalm says,
“May the Lord be glad in His works.”
Fortunately, for us too, the Spirit is manifested
in each of us for some benefit, as St Paul reminds
us in our 2nd reading (1 Cor 12: 3-7, 12, 13).
All we have to do is accept Christ and believe in him.
Without the breath of the Holy Spirit, we have
no spiritual life. But thanks to God's gift, we are
a new creation; we are baptized into Christ,
and we share in the divinity of our Lord.
And that alone gives us reason to praise God.
As our psalmist says, “Pleasing to Him be my theme;
I will be glad in the Lord.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. The Psalm affirms that the Lord sends out His Spirit to renew
the face of the earth. Tell of how you are affected by your having
received the Holy Spirit that is living on the inside of you.
2. Our psalmist prays that the Lord will be glad in His works! What
works are you doing that makes you one of those who are pleasing
to the Lord?