The Psalm is a prayer for forgiveness and guidance,
a good way to begin the season of Lent.
The same covenant the Lord made with Noah (1st reading) gives comfort to David, who calls out, “Remember your compassion and love, O Lord, for they are ages old ...
Good and upright is the Lord, who shows sinners the way.”
Later in the psalm David begs the Lord, “Have pity on me …
put an end to my affliction and suffering, take away all my sins.”
Who else could take away our sins but God’s son,
the righteous one who suffered for us, the unrighteous ones,
as Peter reminds us in the 2nd reading.
Peter says Baptism doesn’t remove the dirt from our bodies;
it doesn’t remove our sinful nature.
But it does allow us to receive the holy Spirit within us,
because without the Spirit,
we are powerless against the Devil.
We are blessed to have a God
who does not disregard us.
On the contrary, he is a caring, compassionate God,
willing to humble himself to share in our humanity,
so that we might come to share in his divinity.
Who else would have such regard for sinners,
for believers who disobey him?
It is He who encourages us when our tongues confess –
“The Lord guides the humble rightly,
and teaches the humble the way.”
Our Lord Jesus tells us what we are to do
as we prepare for the most important season of the year:
“Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
Our response is – David said it years before --
“You are God my Savior.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our Psalm speaks of being taught by the Lord
("teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me;
he teaches the humble his way.") Are you a good student of the Lord?
Tell about what you have learned or are learning from the Lord.
2. According to our psalmist, the Lord "shows sinners the way."
As we enter the season of Lent, we could all use some guidance
and help as we strive for repentance and to be bolder in our faith.
Explain what you will do during Lent to become a more obedient
Christian and a better witness for your faith.