Monday, December 3, 2018
Psalm for Sunday, December 9, 2018
Psalm 126: 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 (Read)
“The Lord has done great things for us.”
This Sunday's Psalm speaks about the
joyous return of Israel from exile and
captivity. “The Lord has restored the
captives of Zion.” As we hear in
Sunday's 1st reading (Baruch 5:1),
Jerusalem is to take off her robe of
misery and to put on the splendor of
God forever. Truly, “The Lord has
done great things for them.”
But there is more -- as the Psalm says,
the Lord has done great things for us
as well. What could be more wonderful
than what Christ does for us, in leading
us out of our spiritual captivity in a sinful
world, to a place of splendor where the
Father dwells. We are restored by the
Lord’s grace, and our spiritual dryness
is filled with the baptismal waters, like
the dry stream beds of the Negeb.
But we must do our part – the 'sowing
of tears' is a time of repentance for us.
It is just as John the Baptist proclaims
in the Gospel – we must be baptized in
repentance, for the forgiveness of our sins.
And what is the sign of true repentance?
It is when one produces good fruit by
what we sow. As the Psalm says,
“Those who go forth weeping, carrying
sacks of seed, will return with cries of joy,
carrying their bundled sheaves.”
Finally the Psalm reminds us that the
truly great thing the Lord has done for us
is to send His only begotten Son to be by
our side. Jesus’ presence is a guarantee
of a spiritual harvest that leads to our
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist reminds us, 'We are filled with joy,' because the Lord
has done great things for us! Tell of how these verses speak to you
during this Advent season of the arrival of our incarnate Lord.
2. The Psalm says, 'Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.' Describe how repentance has led to salvation in your spiritual life.