Monday, April 6, 2015
Psalm for Sunday, April 12, 2015
Psalm 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24 (Read)
“By the Lord has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.”
Once again we visit this powerful psalm
of praise and thanksgiving. This time the
verses stress the enduring love that God
has for us – so much so that despite the
part we played in crucifying his Son,
God went ahead and carried out His plan
to save us. Jesus’ risen presence among us
is living proof of God’s enduring love.
“God’s love endures forever.”
We may be 'hard pressed and falling,' but the
Lord comes to our help. As the psalmist says,
the Lord is our strength. He is present to us,
just as He was in those early days of the church
described by St Luke in this Sunday's first
reading (Acts 4:33), and in Sunday's Gospel
We may not have the awesome experience that
St Thomas had when he physically put his hand into
the Lord’s side and his fingers into the nail marks on
Jesus' hand, but our Savior is with us.
“The Lord has become my savior.” We are victorious
over death. The Lord’s deliverance is cause for joy.
Just when we were down, the Lord raises us up.
“I was hard pressed and falling, but the Lord came to my help.”
“The joyful shout of victory is heard.” We are on firm ground
after all – Christ has become our cornerstone, as our psalmist
reminds us. Christ has become a source of strength for us,
despite His apparent weakness that day on the cross,
when He died a shameful death.
Only the Lord could have done this remarkable thing:
“By the Lord has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes.”
This is cause for rejoicing -- “This is the day the Lord has made.”
Along with the disciples and the early church,
“Let us be glad and rejoice in it.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist praises the Lord because the stone that was rejected
has become our cornerstone. Why do you think God would permit his Son
to undergo a shameful death in order to make Jesus the cornerstone of our faith?
2. Our psalm begins by stressing over and over that the mercy of God endures
forever, and this Sunday's Response also says, 'His love is everlasting.' Describe
how these verses strengthen your faith and inspire you to trust in the Lord.