Monday, March 21, 2016

Psalm for Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016


“This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad.”

Jesus’ risen presence among us
is living proof of God’s enduring love. 
As the psalmist says, “God’s love endures 
forever.”  The Lord’s deliverance is cause
for joy.  Just when we were down, the Lord 
raises us up. The joyful shout of deliverance
is heard. We are on firm ground after all –
Christ has become our cornerstone.

In the Psalm we read in advance of the
Paschal Mystery. Christ, who is rejected
and then exalted, becomes the foundation
stone of the new People of God --
“I shall not die, but live and declare the
works of the Lord.” This is Jesus speaking
about His own resurrection and about His 
food, which is to do the work of the Father.

The Psalm says, “The right hand of the
Lord has struck with power; the right hand
of the Lord is exalted.” Our days of mocking
our Savior are over; we no longer hurl insults
at Him.

Our savior has risen. “By the Lord has this
been done; it is wonderful in our eyes.”
“The joyful shout of deliverance is heard in
the tents of the victors.” The Psalm celebrates
a great victory over death. This victory is
delivered by the Lord’s right hand, a clear
notice in advance of the power of the Son of God.

Our risen Savior has defeated death and the
grasp that sin has on us. And having been saved,
what are we to do? What is our commission? 
St Peter tells us in today's first reading, “He 
commissioned us to preach to the people and 
testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God.” 
(Acts 10:42)

Christ has become our cornerstone. “The stone
the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”
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:
“This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad.”


Discussion Questions for Reflection
1.  The Psalm speaks of a great victory over death, 'I shall not die, but live.'  
Tell of how you share in Christ's victory over death and what this means to you.

2.  Having been saved from death, the psalmist says he will 'declare the works of 
the Lord.'   Speak of how you are empowered by our Lord's resurrection to go forth 
and proclaim the Gospel.


1 comment:

  1. Alleluia, alleluia, Our Lord has risen from the dead. Glory to God, Glory to God. Our risen Savior has defeated death, and we are being saved from death. It is good news for us, and so let us rejoice and be glad.

    Because the joyful shout of deliverance is heard, God's promise is fulfilled. That's why I am rejoicing. Christ's resurrection means to me that I am definitely saved. It is living proof of God's enduring love for us. I agree with our psalmist who says, "God's love endures forever."

    Jesus' resurrection gives me hope that I will be raised with him after death. As far as I am concerned, if there is no hope for resurrection, there will be no Christianity. I believe in the resurrection. It is good news. And so I have a reason to go out and proclaim the Gospel to the world.