Monday, June 22, 2015
Psalm for Sunday, June 28, 2015
Psalm 30: 2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13 (Read)
"I praise you Lord, for you raise me up;
you kept me from going down into the pit.”
God is in the business of healing, as our
first reading says. (Wisdom 1:13)
God did not make death, nor does He rejoice
in the destruction of the living.
“His divine favor lasts a lifetime.”
Just as Jairus' daughter is saved from death
in this Sunday's Gospel (Mark 5:41-42),
we too are able to be saved from going down
into the pit. We too are eligible for a spiritual
resurrection if our faith is strong.
We may be rebuked by God for disobeying Him.
We are, after all, his wayward children,
and He loves us as a Father loves his own.
God's compassion and mercy are with us not
only in this life, but in eternity. “Divine anger lasts
but a moment; divine favor lasts a lifetime.”
Our Lord Jesus himself was raised up from the pit
by the Father, even though Jesus bore the weight
of our sins. God’s anger over the sins of all men
that Christ took upon himself, lasted but a moment.
The joy of resurrection comes to us at dawn, after a
terrible night, as it came to those early followers of
our Savior. “At nightfall, weeping enters in,
but with the dawn, rejoicing.” And that alone is reason
enough to change our “mourning into dancing,”
“to clothe us with gladness.” We are prompted
to “sing endless praise to the Lord.”
“O Lord, my God, forever will I give you thanks.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist praises God for having rescued him and brought
him 'up from the netherworld.' Tell about how you have been saved
from your enemies, the devil and his companions.
2. The Psalm says that the anger of the Lord lasts but a moment.
Have you been rebuked by the Lord? If so, what did you learn from this,
and in what way are you grateful for being corrected by the Lord?