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
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.