“The Lord redeems your life from destruction,
crowns you with kindness and compassion.”
of a divine and loving God, who
surrounds us with compassion,
pardons our sins, heals our ills.
He nurses no lasting anger;
He has not dealt with us as our
sins deserve. Our duty is to
remain faithful to the Lord, and
to treat His anointed ones with
love and compassion, as He
This Sunday's Gospel teaches
a powerful and difficult lesson –
we are to be merciful to our
enemies by imitating the Father.
(Matthew 5: 43-48)
And the Psalm tells us how to do this,
by being “Merciful and gracious, slow
to anger and abounding in kindness.”
Who can love their enemies, and do
good to them? It will be difficult if we
allow our earthly nature to rule us.
Just as “God has not dealt with us
as our sins merit,” so must we imitate
God and have compassion on those
we would typically want to condemn.
We cannot imitate God without a share
in Christ’s divinity, and in turn being
empowered by the Holy Spirit within us.
Only then will we have the kind of
compassion the psalmist speaks about,
“As a father has compassion on his
children, so the Lord has compassion
on the faithful.”
If we love the Lord, it will show in our hearts,
and the old things will then pass away.
The Psalm says it well: “As far as the east
is from the west, so far has He put our
transgressions behind us.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our Psalm speaks of a loving and compassionate God, who does not deal
with us according to our sins. Are you able to treat those who have harmed you
in the same way? Explain.
2. The verses of the Psalm remind us of the power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He put our transgressions behind us." Relate how the Sacrament works for you to put
your sins behind you.