Monday, January 12, 2015
Psalm for Sunday, January 18, 2015
Psalm 40: 2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 (Read)
“Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.”
The Psalm is a prayer of gratitude and of
obedience to the Lord. Our psalmist David
answers God’s call when he says, “Here I am.”
Young Samuel does the same in our first reading.
Samuel waits expectantly for the Lord to speak
to him; he is ‘all ears’ when he hears the Lord’s
voice. He grows up serving the Lord
and following God. (1 Samuel 3: 3-10,19)
Our psalmist says, “He put a new song into
my mouth.” For us too it is no longer the same
old tune or the same old we. We are in fact
a new creation, singing out the good news.
Where does our joyful spirit come from?
It comes from the Lord, and we are called
to share what He has given us and to do
His will, which is our delight.
In the Gospel reading (John 1:35-42),
Andrew recognizes Jesus as the anointed one
and is drawn to Him. Andrew and his brother
Simon truly become members of Christ's body.
They are joined to the Lord and have become
one spirit with Him, as St. Paul proclaims in
our 2nd reading. (1 Corinthians 6:15,17)
We too are called to follow Christ and to do
His will. Obedience isn’t an unpleasant chore
for us. Instead, as the Psalm tells us,
“To do your will is my delight.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. In this beautiful Psalm our psalmist speaks of waiting,
waiting for the Lord. Tell what it means to you to have waited
for the Lord, and what has been the result of your presenting
yourself to the Lord?
2. Our psalmist is delighted to do God's will; he says to God,
"Your law is within my heart!" Have you also felt the Lord's pleasure
when you obey Him and serve Him? What does it mean to you
to say God's law is within my heart?