Psalm 67: 2-3, 5, 6, 8 (Read)
“May God bless us, and may He let His face shine upon us.”
So much that God does for us is contained in the
above verse from this Sunday's Psalm:
us His grace through His son Jesus,
God gives us material blessings –
all our treasure and gifts are from Him.
He gives us spiritual blessings –
we know these as fruits of the spirit.
No wonder the Gentiles (people like us)
were attracted to the faith when St Paul
and Barnabas were traveling through
the towns, visiting the early churches,
and ministering to the Gentiles. The apostles
were doing as Jesus did when He encountered
the Canaanite woman in the region of Tyre
and Sidon (Gospel, Mt 15:21-28).
Though she was not a member of the house
of Israel, Jesus recognized how great was
her faith, and the woman's daughter was
healed from that hour.
By ministering to the Gentiles the 'way' of
the Lord became known upon earth among
all the nations, as the Psalm says. Indeed
the Psalm predicts that God’s saving power
shall be known among all the peoples.
Thankfully, that includes us.
Today we join with the members of the early
church in praising God – “May the peoples praise
you, God; may all the peoples praise you.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. The Psalm petitions God to 'Let His face shine upon us.'
In what way do you believe that God has let His face shine
2. Our psalmist calls for God's salvation to be known
among all the nations. How are you evangelizing to those
who do not know His saving grace?