Monday, September 7, 2015
Psalm for Sunday, September 13, 2015
Psalm 116: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6. 8-9 (Read)
“He has freed my soul from death.”
It is said that Jesus called out this prayer
on the night He was betrayed, and went
to His death with these words on His lips.
The psalm is a simple prayer of thanks to
God that the psalmist might have used after
escape from the “snares of the netherworld,”
as he called upon God, “O Lord save my life!”
But unlike the psalmist, our Savior does not
ask to escape death; instead He begins to
teach the disciples that the Son of Man must
suffer greatly and be killed. Jesus summons
the crowd and begins to preach on the redemptive
value of His death, saying that 'whoever loses his
life for my sake will save it.' (Gospel, Mark 8: 31-35)
Having become the prayer of Our Lord on the night
of his Passion, the Psalm says to us believers that
there is hope, that we too will “walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.”
In Sunday's first reading, the prophet Isaiah reminds
us that the suffering servant is not disgraced, is not
put to shame.(Isaiah 50:7) It is that same spirit of
defiance in the face of death that empowers the
suffering servant to set his face like flint, knowing
that the Lord God is his help.
Because we are little and “brought low,” we depend
on our God to “incline His ear” to us when we call.
We cannot raise up ourselves; we are at the mercy
of God's grace. We cannot become divine, and
therefore God in His love for us became like us
and inclined Himself to our humanity
For this we are grateful, and we join with the
psalmist who celebrates as we do, “For the Lord
has freed my soul from death.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist says that the "Lord has freed my soul from death." Speak about
how the Lord has worked in your life to give you hope that you are saved and raised
you up away from the "cords of death."
2. The Psalm says, "The Lord keeps the little ones." Are you one of His 'little ones?'
Explain how by humbling yourself you have a better chance of being pleasing in the
eyes of God.