Monday, June 1, 2015
Psalm for Sunday, June 7, 2015
Psalm 116: 12-13, 15-16, 17-18 (Read)
“I will take the cup of salvation and call on
the name of the Lord.”
This saving cup is the same cup that we share
each time we participate in the Liturgy of the
Eucharist. It is the cup of the blood that Jesus
shed to mark the new covenant with people
We are saved by Christ; He is the divine victim.
Our psalmist asks, “How can I repay the Lord
for all the good He has done for me?”
The Psalm affirms, “Precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his faithful ones.” What could be more
costly than the death of God’s only son? Yet God
consented to the death of his Son because of his love
for us; God did not spare Him. Once again we ask,
“How can I repay the Lord for all the good He has done
Certainly we are all obliged to pay our vows to the Lord,
to give Him praise, to obey his commandments, and to do
his will. As the Psalm says, “My vows to the Lord I will pay
in the presence of all his people.”
We are to praise Him and worship Him in the presence
of the community. It is not just between us and God.
We are part of a community, and we are to acknowledge
Him and bow down to Him publicly. And we are to proclaim
Our psalmist says, “O Lord, I am your servant, you have
loosed my bonds.” We are made free by becoming the
Lord's servant. That is how it is when we follow his
commandments and do his will. It is not something that
binds us. Rather, it is something that sets us free.
We take delight in serving the Lord.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmists asks, "How can I repay the Lord for all the good He has done for me?"
Explain how you would answer this question.
2. When you "take the cup of salvation," do you receive our Lord's saving power?
Say how you respond when you eat His body and drink His blood.