Sunday, October 12, 2014
Psalm for Sunday, October 19, 2014
Psalm 96: 1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10 (Read)
“Awesome is He; give to the Lord
the glory due His name!”
The Psalm is a message to Israel’s
neighbors, and to the rest of the world, that there is one true God. “Tell God’s glory among the nations; among all peoples, God’s marvelous deeds.”
The Israelites have returned from exile and have been brought back
from near death as a people. The
remnant has survived, and the
Israelites have been delivered by
the one and only God.
And so they sing a “new song,” celebrating the
“newness of God” that comes with the joy of
praising Him as sovereign. “Sing to the Lord a
new song; sing to the Lord, all you lands.”
As the Psalm says, we are all summoned to
adoration of our sovereign. We are called
to give Him glory and praise.
In the 1st reading the prophet Isaiah confirms
there is no other God besides Him. (Isaiah 45: 5)
The gods of other nations are mere idols, and they
all do nothing, says our psalmist. But our God made
the heavens; He is to be praised and feared.
And how do we praise Him?
How do we give the Lord the glory due His name?
We engage in works of faith; we undertake a labor
of love for Him, as St. Paul tells us in today's
2nd reading. (1 Thessalonians 1: 3)
All peoples are invited to recognize our God,
and pledge to obey Him. “Say among the nations,
“The Lord is King; the world will surely stand fast,
never to be shaken.”
And having acknowledged that God is sovereign,
how should we and all the nations behave?
The Gospel tells us how -- Jesus says,
“Repay to God what belongs to God.” (Matthew 22: 21)
And we understand our calling,
“Give to the Lord the glory due His name!”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. The Psalm exhorts us to "Sing to the Lord a new song."
How does your song go when you sing praise to God? What
do you have to say to the Lord?
2. Our psalmist encourages us to "Give the Lord glory and honor."
We are called to give glory to God in the works of faith that we do.
Speak of how you give God the glory in what you do.