Psalm 98: 1, 2-3, 3-4 (Read)
“The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.”
“Break into song, sing praise.”
The Lord makes all things new, and we are a new creation,
the work of His hands. And so it is right that
we sing a 'new song' to the Lord,
who has done marvelous things for us.
“The Lord has made His salvation known;
in the sight of the nations He has revealed his justice.”
For us this can be about Jesus' victory
over death and sin, so that we might live.
And how is salvation obtained?
How is the victory won?
It is won by God's Holy arm,
His son, our Savior Jesus Christ.
Victory is obtainable for us too,
if we keep the faith, give thanks to God, and praise Him.
Our Psalm exclaims,
“All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.”
This verse, and today's 1st reading
confirm that the gift of the Holy Spirit
is for us Gentiles too. (Acts 10:44-45)
For we are called to be baptized
in the name of Christ.
And as Jesus says in today's Gospel,
“It was not you who chose me,
but I who chose you.” (John 15:16)
We too are appointed by Him
to go forth and bear fruit,
to remain in the love of the Lord,
and to do His will.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our Psalm Response is, "The Lord has revealed to the nations his
saving power." How has the Lord shown his saving power to you personally?
2. Our Psalm speaks of singing a new song, of singing joyfully to the Lord,
and we are urged to break into song and sing praise. What is it about your faith
and the Easter season that makes you want to sing praise to the Lord?