A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
July 11, 2020
God’s Mercy and Compassion
September 10, 2016
I’ve been looking at the Book of Psalms lately and am finding some very wonderful insights. I recently read and pondered Psalm 71 which is basically a plea for mercy from an “Old and grey-headed” person who is seeking protection from his enemies. I’ve also been writing a blog on the Visitor website in which I commented on Psalm 71. The actual address is: fromtheheart.stcdio.org if you care to visit and or make a comment.
Today’s Responsorial Psalm at Mass is taken from number 51. It is one of the so-called “penitential psalms” since it is written/sung by King David after he committed adultery with Bathsheba. He sounds really pitiful and seems truly sorry because he fears God’s punishment. Psalm 51 is also used in the daily Liturgy of the Hours on Fridays which are commonly designated as days of penitence and reconciliation.
In this psalm we too beg for God’s mercy and compassion and ask that we might be thoroughly cleansed of our sins and given a new clean heart and a steadfast spirit.
And, just as God relented the punishment of Israel by Moses’ “intervention,” and just as the father of the wayward son in our gospel forgave the boy and welcomed him home, God will forgive us our sinfulness IF we acknowledge our wrongdoing, are truly sorry for our offenses and ask for forgiveness. So, I invite everyone to take a new look at the Psalms. I think that you too, will find peace in the words offered there.
Yes, there is a lot of whining and moaning in these psalms, but in the end, there is always hope.