Monday, May 25, 2015

Psalm for Sunday, May 31, 2015

Psalm 33:  4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22  (Read)

“The eyes of the Lord are upon those 
who fear him; to deliver them from death 
and preserve them in spite of famine.”
We have been chosen by God to be 

his people.  God is all powerful,
“By the word of the Lord the heavens 

were made; “For He spoke, and it came to be.”

This Sunday's 1st reading reminds us we are 

to keep his commandments. (Deuteronomy 4:40)
And we do this because we hold Him in awe.

Like a Good Shepherd He protects us from harm.
He puts up a hedge around us and provides us 

with armor in our battle against death and the evil one.
He feeds us when we go through periods of spiritual 

hunger.  He nourishes us and gives us our daily bread.

“Our soul waits for the Lord, who is our help and 

our shield.”  It is said that even people who have 
no faith have a longing in their hearts for God.
There is something missing in their lives.
For us who are believers, we are dependent on 

the Lord.  We openly seek his help and his 
protection.  He is our shield in the spiritual battle 
that we all have to fight.

We would be dead in our sins without the Lord's 

protection, defeated by the evil one without the 
Lord's armor.  And when our hearts are starved 
for God's presence, when our bones are dry,
He nourishes us and breathes life into our dry 

bones.  “Lord we have put our hope in you.”

“Our soul waits for the Lord.”  We are delivered 

from death, kept alive in times of spiritual famine.
We can expect to receive his grace.  And for this, 

we praise the Lord.  As the psalmist says,
we know He will fill the earth with kindness
and that his kindness will be upon us.

“We have put our hope in the Lord.”  

Jesus, in turn, puts his hope in us,
commanding us to go out and make disciples 

of all nations. (Matthew 28:19)
As God's children we must be obedient
and carry out his commission.

We have been given to Jesus so that we may 

proclaim the good news of salvation.
In this way we carry out the Lord’s works
and celebrate what the Psalm says,
“The Lord loves justice and right.”


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  Our Psalm Response this week is, 'Blessed the people the Lord 

has chosen to be his own.'  Do you believe that you have been chosen 
by God to be one of His children?   Explain.

2.  Our psalmist speaks of preserving us in spite of 'famine.'  Have you 

gone through periods of spiritual hunger?   How has your faith enabled you 
to regain your strength and obtain nourishment?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Psalm for Sunday, May 24, 2015


Psalm 104:  1,  24,  29-30,  31,  34  (Read)

“Lord, send out your Spirit.”

“If you take away their breath, they perish; 

when you send forth your spirit, they are created.”  Animated by the Spirit, the divine Breath, we who are His creatures sing of the glory of our Creator.

“When you send forth your Spirit, you renew 

the face of the earth.”   God is the source of all natural life.  So also the Holy Spirit is the source
of all supernatural life.  We are nothing without the divine Breath,  “When you take away their breath, they perish and return to their dust.”

It is this same creative Breath which came down on the 

disciples in that locked room that St Luke speaks of in
this Sunday's 1st reading. (Acts 2:1-4)
The Holy Spirit empowered the disciples to go forth
and proclaim the Gospel boldly to men of all nations, 

speaking different tongues.

We too are called to be baptized in the Spirit, and 

to receive the divine Breath of the Lord.   Having been 
baptized in the Spirit, we are a new creation, and are 
called to glorify the Lord in what we do.  In this way, 
as the Psalm says, “May the Lord be glad in his works.”

Fortunately, for us too, the Spirit is manifested in 

each of us for some benefit, as St. Paul reminds us 
in our 2nd reading. (1 Corinthians 12:7)
All we have to do is accept Christ and believe in Him.
Then we too will have the gift of life.

Without the breath of God, we are nothing.  Just as 

the Holy Spirit empowered the disciples at Pentecost,
so too are we empowered by our Creator.  The presence 

of the Holy Spirit within us is how we share in the divinity 
of Christ. 

Without the breath of the Holy Spirit, we have no spiritual life.
But thanks to God's gift, we are a new creation, and we are 

baptized into Christ.  And that alone gives us reason 
to praise God.  As our psalmist says, “Pleasing to him be 
my theme; I will be glad in the Lord.”


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.   Our Psalm reminds us that we are dependent on the Lord for our 

very breath.   Tell about what makes you aware of the 'divine Breath' in your life.

2.  Our Sunday Psalm Response is, 'Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the 

face of the earth.'   Is the Holy Spirit doing a work in you?   Are you a 'new creation?'
Speak about your baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Psalm for Sunday, May 17, 2015


Psalm 47:  2-3, 6-7, 8-9  (Read)

“God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy.”

This Sunday we celebrate the Ascension 
of our Lord, who was taken up to heaven 
to be seated at the right hand of the Father, 
far above every principality, with authority 
over every nation.  (Ephesians 1:21)

With such an awesome God on his throne,
what hope do we have as mere human beings
that we will ever be able to approach Him?
How far above us can this Jesus be,
if He is taken up to heaven
and has all things put beneath his feet?

The words of a popular song say, 

“Our God is an awesome God, He reigns 
with power and love.”
Power is often associated with arrogance
and brutal treatment, but our God uses his 

power to work miracles, and bring about healing. 
And his power is expressed by his love,
by which we are raised up with Jesus.

Fortunately for us humans, Jesus has a plan 

for us – we can feel his power and presence 
within us, so long as we repent from our sins 
and believe in Him.  He is risen, and is seated 
at the right hand of the Father in heaven.
Knowing this, we shout with joy, and we praise 

Him.   He leaves with us a way to share 
in his divinity, through the Holy Spirit which He 
sends to us.  That same promise Jesus made 
to his disciples is available to us – the promise 
of the Father, the gift of the holy Spirit.  (Acts 1:8)

After Jesus' Ascension, the disciples begin
their active ministry empowered by the Holy Spirit.
That same power is given to us so long as we believe;

we too are called to ministry.  And for that we are 
inspired to praise the Lord.  As the psalmist says, 
“Clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness, 
sing praise to God!”


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  Over and over our psalmist calls for us to shout to God and 

sing praise to God, as God mounts his throne.  Tell of how you 
personally praise the Lord with 'cries of gladness.'

2.   The verses of our psalm for this Ascension Sunday place our 

Lord in his kingship and on his throne, and make it seem that God 
is so far above us that we may not be able to approach Him easily. 
How do you handle this apparent dilemma? 
How do you approach our Lord?

Monday, May 4, 2015

Psalm for Sunday, May 10, 2015


Psalm 98:  1, 2-3, 3-4  (Read)

“The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.”


“Break into song, sing praise.”
The Lord makes all thing new, and we are a new creation,
the work of His hands.  And so it is right that
we sing a 'new song' to the Lord,
who has done marvelous things for us. 

“The Lord has made His salvation known;
in the sight of the nations He has revealed his justice.”
For us this can be about Jesus' victory
over death and sin, so that we might live.

And how is salvation obtained?
How is the victory won?
It is won by God's Holy arm,
His son, our Savior Jesus Christ.
Victory is obtainable for us too,
if we keep the faith, give thanks to God, and praise Him. 

Our Psalm exclaims,
“All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.”
This verse, and today's 1st reading
confirm that the gift of the Holy Spirit
is for us Gentiles too. (Acts 10:44-45)
For we are called to be baptized
in the name of Christ.   

And as Jesus says in today's Gospel, 
“It was not you who chose me, 
but I who chose you.” (John 15:16)
We too are appointed by Him
to go forth and bear fruit,
to remain in the love of the Lord,
and to do His will.


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.   Our Psalm Response is, "The Lord has revealed to the nations his 

saving power."  How has the Lord shown his saving power to you personally?

2.   Our Psalm speaks of singing a new song, of singing joyfully to the Lord,
and we are urged to break into song and sing praise.   What is it about your faith 

and the Easter season that makes you want to sing praise to the Lord?