Monday, July 28, 2014

Psalm for Sunday, August 3, 2014

Psalm 145:  8-9, 15-16, 17-18 (Read)

“The hand of the Lord feeds us;                                 
He answers all our needs.”

We are like sheep, dependent on our 

Good Shepherd to give us nourishment.   
As the prophet Isaiah says,if we heed the 
Lord, we shall eat well, and we shall delight
in rich fare. (1st reading, Isaiah 55:1-3)

Just as Jesus fed five thousand men from a few 

loaves and two fish, so Jesus feeds a multitude 
of us even today.  We too are among the hopeful 
ones who look to the Lord for our food in due season. 
“The eyes of all look hopefully to you; you give them 
their food in due season.”

The Lord satisfies the desire of every living thing,
as our psalmist says.  He opens wide His hand for us.
His presence is shown in the help, nourishment,
and salvation that He shows to us.  We are dependent 

on our Lord to feed us.  He nourishes us physically, 
spiritually, and emotionally.

We are His faithful ones, and we praise God and give 

Him thanks because of His divine attributes of 
compassion and love.  Our psalmist dwells on the 
everlasting nature of God, on His love and presence 
throughout all time, and we are called to praise the 
Lord forever and ever.
Our psalmist reminds us, “The Lord is good to all and

compassionate toward all His works.” We know this 
inherently because we live our lives along an unending 
stream of divine love.


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  Our psalmist says the Lord gives us our food in due season.
Tell of how you have been fed by the Lord and nourished by Him.

2.  The Psalm's verses affirm that the Lord is full of compassion
and love for every living thing.  Speak of how God's love has
changed your life and made you a better person.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Psalm for Sunday, July 27, 2014

Psalm 119:  57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130 (Read)

"Wonderful are your decrees; therefore I observe them."

Our psalmist is in prayer, expressing his love 
for the Lord's commands, and promising to keep 
His words.

We may not have the wisdom of Solomon,
but we have enough discernment to recognize
how powerful the Lord's decrees can be in our
spiritual lives.    Just as the law of the Lord
is precious to our psalmist, so too is the law
of the Lord central to our lives and to our faith.

Our psalmist says that the Lord's decrees are
wonderful, and therefore he observes them.
We may not always think of the law as wonderful,
(some people may consider it restrictive), but 

if we learn to do His will, we find that we are 
liberated, set free from the sin that drags us down.  
We choose life instead of death.

Doing God's will (keeping his commandments)
isn't easy, but having received His grace, and having 

been granted discernment to know right from wrong, 
good from evil, we can follow Him with conviction. 
Our 'yes' will mean 'yes' to the Lord; and our 'no' 

will mean 'no' to the devil and his minions.

Having decided to do His will, we take delight in

keeping His statutes; they are like honey to us.
And the blessings we receive are part of what 

God has prepared for those who love him.


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  Our psalmist says he observes the Lord's commandments
because they are wonderful and they shed light.   Explain why
you are committed to follow the Lord's decrees.

2.  The Psalm assures us that we go forward if we follow God's 

precepts, and in so doing we avoid every false way.  Speak of  
how God's commandments protect you on your journey of faith
and draw you closer to God.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Psalm for Sunday, July 20, 2014


Psalm 86:  5-6, 9-10, 15-16 (Read)

“Turn toward me, and have pity on me,
give your strength to your servant.”

We pray, as does our psalmist David,
for the Lord to attend to the 'sound of
our pleading.'  We take refuge in the same
heavenly Father that Christ did.  Even
when we are far away, the Lord has pity
on us.  Even though we forget Him, He
does not forget us.   He searches our hearts;
He gathers us into His mansion
at the end of the age.

He empowers us to fight a good fight.
God saves us from our enemies, and also
from ourselves.  All we have to do is
open our hearts to Him and do His will
by striving to be saved.  For God gives
His children good ground for hope, and
He permits repentance for their sins.
(Wisdom 12:19, 1st reading)

Our Psalmist never stops asking,
and He is rightly sure,
that God could never stop giving. 
God could scarcely resist our prayers.
Even though we do not know how to pray
as we ought, as St Paul says, the Holy Spirit
Himself intercedes with inexpressible
groanings. (2nd reading, Romans 8:26)

The Lord is present to us;
He listens;  He pardons;  He saves.
God's goodness overwhelms us.
Even nonbelievers will come to worship
God and glorify His name.


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  Our psalmist is overwhelmed with the goodness of our 

merciful Lord.   Give an example of how God has attended
to the sound of your pleading and done a wondrous deed
in your life.

2.  The Psalm is a prayer that God will strengthen and 

empower His servant.  Speak of how the Lord has empowered 
you to do His will.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Psalm for Sunday, July 13, 2014


Psalm 65:  10, 11, 12-13, 14 (Read)

“The Lord has visited the land and watered it;
greatly has He enriched it.”
Water is so critical for a place like the Holy Land, 

as it is here in the arid climate of Southern
California.   Without water we could not produce 

any crops. We are blessed that “God's
watercourses are filled,” and He provides us with 

an abundant harvest.

We also depend upon the Lord to supply us with 

what Jesus calls the living water that satisfies our
spiritual thirst.   Jesus is the Word that drenches us,

adorns our year with plenty. 
How else could we bear fruit? 

With His showers He softens the land, blessing its 

young sprouts (that is us). We are like untilled meadows 
without His word and His grace.  How else could
we expect our pastures to be blanketed with grain? 

The Lord prepares the earth; our paths overflow 

with fruitful rain.  The hills are robed in joy.  
God’s Word is showered down upon us,  and 
does not return to Him void;
we do His will; we are His witnesses;
we keep the faith.


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  Our psalmist speaks about the Lord having visited
the land and watered it.   Tell of how the Lord has drenched
you with His living water that yields a fruitful harvest.

2.  The Psalm assures us that the Lord breaks up the clods
of the land and softens it with showers.  Give an example
of how God's Word has softened you up spiritually and led
you to do His will.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Psalm for Sunday, July 6, 2014

Psalm 145:  1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14 (Read)

“The Lord lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.”

We may question why God allows us to suffer,
why he allows bad things to happen to good people.
We may ask, as the early believers probably did,
“Why is it necessary to undergo such hardships
to enter the kingdom of God?”

Scripture tells us that afflictions are to be expected
in our walk with the Lord.  We may not understand
what God is up to, but we can be sure that our faith
will be strengthened if we stand fast in the face of
suffering.  We will become better witnesses for Christ
if we are humbled; we become better servants
if we bear up with our difficulties and trust in the Lord,
as our psalmist tells us.

And as the Gospel says, we are raised up by getting
'yoked to Jesus.'   That is how our burdens are made light,
by helping Jesus to carry His cross, as Simon did that day
on the road to Calvary.  Despite what we may think,
"His yoke is easy and His burden light."

Remember that endurance is a Godly quality and will
help us to get yoked to Jesus.   Having done that, we,
like our psalmist David, join with the faithful and
speak of the glory of God's reign and bless his name.


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  Our psalmist assures us that the Lord will lift us up
when we are falling.   Speak of a time when you have
undergone hardship and how your faith has been strengthened.

2.  The Psalm says that the Lord is "good to all and
compassionate toward all his works."  Tell how this verse
inspires you to be more compassionate toward those in
your life who may not always be lovable in your sight.