Monday, May 29, 2017
Psalm for Sunday, June 4, 2017
“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.