“There is a stream whose runlets gladden the
city of God, the holy dwelling of the most High.”
The Psalm speaks of a life giving stream that
keeps the city of God undisturbed and viable.
And the prophet Ezekiel affirms there are life giving
waters flowing out from the sanctuary of the temple,
which is the Church. (Ezekiel 47:9) This holy water
brings life and fruit to areas where nothing could
have grown before.
It is the same for us. The Church is the source of our
baptismal waters where we receive God's grace and
are called to spread hope and encouragement and the
Good News wherever we go. For us, Christ is the
source of that living water that flows from the temple
of His body.
The Psalm speaks of the holy waters that flow round
the Church and round us personally. These waters
gladden us. These waters are a source of blessing for us.
They spring forth and nourish our inner being, purify us,
and are a source of healing. We are after all the holy
dwelling of the Most High, the holy temple of God,
as St Paul tells us. Our body is a temple of the Holy
Spirit that resides inside us. (1 Corinthians 3:16)
Our psalmist says God is in the midst of His holy dwelling.
We understand this verse to mean—so long as God is
in our midst we shall not be disturbed. “The Lord of
hosts is with us.” He is our stronghold. The divine
presence in the temple of our body assures us of our
security, despite a world around us that is falling apart.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. The Psalm assures us there are holy waters all around us.
Speak of how you are gladdened by these holy waters and how
these waters give you the grace you need to proclaim the Gospel.
2. Our psalmist affirms that the Lord of hosts is with us. Tell of
how you are made whole and given power by the presence of the
Holy Spirit living within you.