Monday, July 31, 2017
Psalm for Sunday, August 6, 2017
Psalm 97: 1-2, 5-6, 9 (Read)
"The Lord is king."
Psalm 97 celebrates the glory
of the Lord; the earth rejoices
and all peoples see His glory.
The Psalm's verses recall for
us this Sunday's Feast of the
Transfiguration when we see
the glory of God shining on
the face of our Savior Jesus
God is present in the bright
cloud which surrounds Jesus,
and the voice of God declares,
"This is my beloved Son."
We join with our psalmist and
shout, "The Lord is king,"
and like the disciples in Sunday's
Gospel, we fall prostrate and are
in awe of this divine vision before us.
Oh that we would be completely open
to the will of the Father, as Christ was,
on that high mountain when He was
transfigured, and His face shone like
We may not be called to ascend a high
mountain to converse with Moses and
Elijah, but we too can be transfigured
by the face of God shining upon us.
We may not receive a vision like Daniel
(Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14), but we too can
be transformed by God's surging stream
of fire that purifies and causes the mountains
to melt like wax.
We may not need to be there in person when
Jesus appears in glory and the Father affirms
the divinity of the Son. Wherever we are, Christ
is manifested to us children of light, who have
put off the works of darkness and put on the
armor of light.
St Paul says that we all, with unveiled face,
beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed
into his likeness. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
This is a daunting prospect for us, as it was
for Christ's disciples. But we can rely on the
prayer of the Psalm which tells us, "Light dawns
for the just and gladness for the honest of heart;
God protects the souls of the faithful; the fire
of the Lord goes before him, consuming his
foes on every side."
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. The Psalm speaks of an awesome day when clouds and darkness surround
our God and fire goes before Him. Despite this awesome vision tell of how you
are transformed into a child of light when you encounter God.
2. Having encountered God and been transformed, we are called to follow Christ,
take up our cross, and carry out God's will in our lives. Speak of what God has
commissioned you to do for Him.