Monday, August 25, 2014
Psalm for Sunday, August 31, 2014
Psalm 63: 2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 (Read)
“My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.”
This prayer of longing was written at a time
when David was in the desert, a place where
physical thirst was all around him, and the
earth was parched, lifeless and without water.
But David is writing also about a spiritual thirst
that overwhelms him and reminds him of the
emptiness of life without God.
David meditates on those happier moments
when he was close to the Lord, when his soul
was satisfied as with the riches of a banquet,
and when he took shelter in the shadow of the
wings of God.
We too go through times of spiritual deprivation
when we are away from God and indulge in
sinful practices that separate us from Him.
At those times, like a penitent sinner, we experience
our deepest longing for the love of the Lord, and
we seek out His loving embrace. As our psalmist
says, at times like that our soul clings fast to the Lord.
We bless Him, we glorify Him, we praise Him.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist seeks the Lord because his soul thirsts for Him.
Give an example of a time when you have hungered for God's
presence and blessing in your life.
2. The Psalm speaks of gazing toward the Lord in the sanctuary.
Tell of a time when you have gazed at the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament
Chapel of your parish and how you could see His power and His glory.