Monday, April 4, 2016

Psalm for Sunday, April 10, 2016


 Psalm 30: 2, 4, 5-6,11-12, 13  (Read)

“I praise you, Lord, 
 for you raised me up.”

This is a Psalm that Jesus himself 
might have prayed, following his 
resurrection: “I praise you, Lord, 
for you raised me up and did not 
let my enemies rejoice over me.”

Our Lord Jesus was raised up
from the pit by the Father, even 
though He bore the weight of our 
sins.  “Lord you brought me up 
from the netherworld; you let me 
live, from going down to the pit.”

God’s anger over the sins of all men,
that Christ took upon himself, lasted
but a moment -- “Divine anger lasts
but a moment; divine favor lasts 
a lifetime.”

The Psalm speaks to us as we take part
in the joy of Easter. The joy of the resurrection
comes to us at dawn, after a terrible night,
as it came to those early followers of Jesus.
“At nightfall, weeping enters in, but with the
dawn, rejoicing.” And that alone is reason 
enough to change our mourning into dancing.

The Psalm concludes with praise that is
worthy of the Lamb, and recalls for us the
voices of the angels that St John speaks of in
today's 2nd reading from Revelation 5:11-12,
“O Lord, my God, forever will I give you thanks.”


Discussion Questions for Reflection
1.  Our psalmist says that God's anger lasts but a moment, while His favor 
lasts a lifetime.   Give an example of how you have been blessed by God's 
favor after having fallen away for a time.

2.  The Psalm speaks of changing our mourning into dancing.   Tell of how the 
resurrection of our Lord has lifted you up and brought within you a rejoicing of the spirit.


  1. Rudy H4:19 PM

    When things are well with us, we are very apt to think that they will always be so. But if we feel that God turns from us, it will be the greatest mistake if we turn from Him. No; let us learn to pray in the dark. Our spirit should always praise Him. In due time God delivered the psalmist out of his troubles.

    Our tongue is our glory, and never more so than when employed in praising God. We should persevere to the end in praise, hoping for his everlasting work.

    But let all beware of carnal security. Neither outward prosperity, nor inward peace, here, are sure and lasting. We must expect to meet with temptations and afflictions. Therefore, because of the great things the Lord has done for us, both by his providence and by his grace, we must do all we can to advance his kingdom among men. God's saints in heaven sing to Him; why should not those on earth do the same?

  2. J Kim1:03 PM

    A favorite evangelist of mine writes, "God can make a ministry out of my mess." What a powerful concept! This successful witness of the Lord is a survivor of physical abuse and has faced many temptations to ease the pain with drugs. God has used her to reach those also suffering.

    I don't have such huge examples in my life, praise be to God. However, I do have plenty of instances when I have not waited for His timing and birthed an Ishmael rather than Isaac. Does the Lord send his wrath upon me? No. He has every right to be frustrated with me but how wonderful that "His anger lasts only a moment."(v. 5 )

    Instead, He lovingly weaves my mistakes and unwise choices into a tapestry of beauty. My mess can also become my ministry, as I share with others how the Lord lifted me up or changed the plan for me. There is more to v.5, "His favor lasts a lifetime." I am reminded of another very powerful verse; Romans 8:28 says "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

    How reassuring that we can call upon a lifetime of the Lord's favor! Amen. Alleluia.

  3. I thought over this verse, "Divine anger lasts but a moment; divine favor lasts a lifetime." And I thought about God's anger over the sins of all men that Christ took upon himself. Christ bore the weight of our sins. Because of that He was raised up, and we all experience the joy of resurrection and God's love and compassionate heart toward us. We are forgiven because of His Divine mercy. I cry out for his Mercy.

    During Lent I made a casual resolution about something to which I was addicted -- watching Korean TV dramas until midnight. My will was weakened without constant praying to God. My heart was dulled and hardened. I enjoyed being in a
    state of having fallen away from God. On the other hand the Holy Spirit prompted me by saying, "Go to Mass and receive Holy Communion."

    And so I did. God really turned my wailing into dancing. I felt blessed to receive him as my Savior. I felt reconnected with Him. In this way God brought a rejoicing spirit within me. Alleluia! Jesus, help me to hear your voice when you say, "Feed my lambs", "Feed my sheep," as you said to Peter. O Lord be my help !