Monday, June 26, 2017

Psalm for Sunday, July 2, 2017


"The promises of the LORD I will sing forever."

Whatever our circumstances, 
we are encouraged to sing to 
the Lord of His goodness.
Just as Elisha promised the 
woman of Shunem, in Sunday’s
first reading, that she would bear 
a son, so does the Lord reach out
to us in unlikely circumstances.

The Lord surprises us when we are
barren; He renews us when we are spent;
He grants us a share in the life of the 
Messiah even though we are unworthy 
and sinful.

All we have to do is bear our cross and praise Him, 
sing of His promises forever, as our psalmist says. 
There may be interruptions in our joy, and there 
will be times when we will question, “How could 
the Lord allow this to happen to me?” But so long 
as we bear our cross with dignity and die to sin, 
then we are living for God in Christ Jesus, 
as St Paul reminds us. (Romans 6: 11)

Jesus says in today’s Gospel that we are not worthy
of Him if we do not take up our cross.  We must lose
our life for Christ in order to find it.  (Matthew 10: 38-39)
Despite the setbacks we face, we must endure;
for as St Paul tells us, endurance produces character
and character produces hope, which does not
disappoint. (Romans 5: 3-5)

Whatever it takes, our psalmist tells us, “Through
all generations my mouth shall proclaim your 
faithfulness.” Our job is to know the joyful shout;
to walk in the light of God’s countenance; and to
sing the goodness of the Lord forever.


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1. Are you able to sing of the promises of the Lord even when you have been 
disappointed or are suffering?  Explain

2. Are you one of the blessed people who walk in the light of the Lord’s 
countenance?  Speak of how His countenance is reflected in your own face.


1 comment:

  1. “ The promises of the Lord I will sing forever.”

    Paul says in Romans 8:18-25 that our sufferings are nothing to compare to the glory of Jesus Christ. That’s why Jesus says to us, "Follow me." Each of us carries his own cross in one way or another. If we endure it patiently, we are able to share God’s glorified body and live with Him for all eternity. What an amazing Grace! He will respond by pouring us over with the Holy Spirit.

    With God's Grace I can reach out with God’s Love to the poor and to whomever is in pain. His gentleness, goodness, and kindness overflow out of His heart. Without His help I am weak and powerless. He even strengthens me and gives me endurance to follow in His footsteps bearing my own cross.

    And so the Lord makes me shine in the light of His countenance. He fills me with inner joy. His love reflects from my face so that I can be a more loving witness to the people around me.
    I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever!