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.