Monday, May 29, 2017

Psalm for Sunday, June 4, 2017


Psalm 104: 1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34  (Read)

“When you send forth your spirit, they are created.”


Animated by the Spirit, the divine breath, we who are 
His creatures sing of the glory of our Creator.

“When you send forth your Spirit, you renew the face 

of the earth.”  God our Creator is the source of all 
natural life.  So also the Holy Spirit is the source
of all supernatural life.  We are nothing without the 

divine breath --
“When you take away their breath, they perish and 

return to their dust.”

It is this same creative breath that came down on the 

disciples in that locked room St Luke speaks of in 
Sunday's 1st reading. (Acts 2:1-4)  
The Holy Spirit empowered the disciples to go forth 
and proclaim the Gospel boldly to men of all nations, 
speaking different tongues.

We too are called to be baptized in the Spirit, and to 

receive the divine breath of the Lord.  Having been 
baptized in the Spirit, we are a new creation, and are 
called to glorify the Lord in what we do.  In this way, 
as the Psalm says,  “May the Lord be glad in his works.”

Fortunately, for us too, the Spirit is manifested in each 

of us for some benefit, as St Paul reminds us in our 
second reading. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
All we have to do is accept Christ and believe in him.

Without the breath of the Holy Spirit, we have no 

spiritual life.  But thanks to God's gift, we are a new 
creation; we are baptized into Christ, and we share 
in the divinity of our Lord.  And that alone gives us 
reason to praise God.  As our psalmist says, 
“Pleasing to him be my theme; I will be glad in the Lord.”


Discussion Questions for Reflection
1.  As in our Psalm, do you also feel the presence of the 'divine breath' in your 
spiritual life?  Speak of how the Holy Spirit is at work in your life.

2.  Our psalmist says that the Spirit of the Lord 'renews the face of the earth.'   

Tell of how you are a new creation, after having been baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Psalm for Sunday, May 28, 2017


“God mounts His throne amid shouts of joy.”

This Sunday we celebrate the Ascension 
of our Lord, who was taken up to heaven 
to be seated at the right hand of the Father, 
far above every principality, with authority 
over every nation, as our 2nd reading
tells us (Ephesians 1: 20-21).

With such an awesome God on His throne, 
what hope do we have as mere human beings 
that He will have anything more to do with us? 
How far removed can we be if this Jesus is taken
up to heaven and has all things put beneath His 
feet (including us)?

Fortunately, for us men, Jesus leaves with us a way
to share in His divinity, through the Holy Spirit which 
He gives to us. His power and presence remain within 
us, so long as we repent from our sins and believe 
in Him.

Power is often associated with arrogance and brutal
treatment, but our God uses His power to work
miracles, and bring about healing. He is risen, and
is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven.
Knowing this, we shout with joy, and we praise Him.

As today's Gospel tells us, after Jesus' ascension, the
disciples began their active ministry, empowered by
the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 16-20). That same power
is given to us so long as we believe; we too are called
to ministry. And for that we are inspired to praise
the Lord, as the psalmist says, “Clap your hands,
shout to God with joyful cries; sing praise to God!”


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  The Psalm speaks of God mounting His throne and reigning over
the nations.   
If God is raised up so far above us, how do you go about having a relationship 
with our Lord so that He is present to you?

2.  The Psalm's verses tell of God as the great king over all the earth,
and we are 
urged to sing praise to our king.  Describe how our Lord's ascension inspires you 
to celebrate with shouts of joy.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Psalm for Sunday, May 21, 2017

Psalm 66: 1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20  (Read)

“Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds!”

The Psalm celebrates the awesome power 
of God, manifest in “His tremendous deeds 
among the children of Adam.” Our psalmist 
recalls the dividing of the Red Sea, which 
delivered Israel from the Egyptians, by the
favor of God.  That same awesome power 
that split the Red Sea became available 
to the early apostles of the Church, as they 
went about healing and doing signs and 

Where does that power come from to heal 

the lame and drive out unclean spirits?   
It comes from the Holy Spirit, who accomplishes 
in each of us a spiritual resurrection.

No wonder those early believers in Samaria 
were eager to have St Peter and St John lay 
hands on them so they could receive the Holy 
Spirit (Sunday's 1st reading, Acts 8: 14,17)
In response, they cry out to God with joy, as our 
psalmist says, “Let all the earth cry out to God 
with joy.”

We too cannot help but sing praise to God 

when we feel His presence within us.  In Sunday's 
Gospel (John 14:16-18) our Savior promises that 
He will not leave us spiritual orphans.  Rather, 
He assures us that we are in Him and He is in us.
We proclaim His glorious praise, and we on earth 

worship Him.  We want all the earth to know what 
God has done for us; as the Psalm says, we shout 
joyfully to God and proclaim His glorious praise.


Discussion Questions for Reflection  

 1.  The Psalm urges us to say to God, "How tremendous are your deeds!" 
Speak of the Lord's awesome works in your life and how you go about praising Him.

2.  Our psalmist blesses God who "refused me not."  Tell of how
your petitions and 
prayers have been answered by the Lord.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Psalm for Sunday, May 14, 2017


“The eyes of the Lord are upon those
who fear Him, to deliver them from death,
and preserve them in spite of famine.”

The Psalm says that the Lord's eyes are 

upon us because we hold Him in awe, 
we praise Him.  Like a Good Shepherd 
He protects us from harm; He puts up 
a hedge around us and provides us with 
armor in our battle against death and the
evil one.  He feeds us when we go through 

periods of spiritual hunger.  He nourishes 
us and gives us our daily spiritual bread.

Where else would we turn for deliverance 

from death, the kind of death which is a 
consequence of sin?  Remember,  
“The wages of sin is death,” and we are 
all afflicted.  Fortunately for us, Christ
destroyed death and brought life to us

We would be dead in our sins without the Lord's
protection, defeated by the evil one without the
Lord's armor.  And when our hearts are starved
for God's presence, when our bones are dry, He
nourishes us and breathes life into our dry bones.

It is through Him that we are saved.  Our
own feeble efforts count for nothing. We must be
submissive and abandon ourselves to His Plan.
Our Savior himself tells us in today's Gospel,
"I am the way and the truth and the life," and He
teaches us, "Whoever believes in me will do the
works that I do." (John 14: 6,12)

Because Christ humbles himself for our sake,
becomes a slave to our sin, there is hope for us,
even in our time of spiritual famine.  That is the
meaning of the response, “Lord, let your mercy
be on us, as we place our trust in you.”



Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  Our psalmist speaks of holding the Lord in awe and knows that the eyes 

of the Lord are upon us.  Describe how you react when the eyes of the Lord
are upon you and you are in His presence.

2.  The Psalm Response today inspires us to place our trust in the Lord and 

await His mercy.  Tell of how your trust in the Lord has strengthened you and
inspired you to do His will.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Psalm for Sunday, May 7, 2017


Psalm 23: 1-2, 3-4, 5, 6  (Read)

“The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.”

We are like sheep and we look to 
the Good Shepherd to lead us beside 
still waters, and guide us along right 
paths. We fear no harm, because the 
Good Shepherd is at our side.

The Psalm's words are a source of 
peace for us, a source of strength, 
a source of healing.  The Lord 
provides for us, as he does the little
sparrows and the lilies of the field –
There is nothing I shall want.”

The Lord restores us, for we had gone astray
like sheep, but have returned to the shepherd
and guardian of our souls.  
(Sunday’s 2nd reading,1 Peter 2:25)  
Jesus himself assures us that we who enter 
the sheepfold through Him will be saved and 
will find pasture (Gospel, John 10:9).

We lack nothing when we trust in the Lord.
We fear nothing, even when our lives are at
a low point spiritually or physically. Having
been rescued by our Savior, and now counted
among His obedient sheep, we are ready to do
His will. We are groomed to enter the Kingdom
and dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  The Psalm assures us that we will be given repose by the Lord
and led to restful waters.  Describe how these verses are a source of peace and a source of healing for you.

2.  Our psalmist assures us that only goodness and mercy will
follow us all the days of our 
life and that we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.   Tell of how you are comforted 
by these words that speak of our eternal joy in the Lord's mansion.