Monday, February 25, 2013
Psalm for Sunday, March 3, 2013
Psalm 103: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11
“As the heavens tower over the
earth, so God's mercy towers
over those who fear Him.”
Our psalmist sings the praises
of a divine and loving God,
who surrounds us with compassion,
pardons our sins, heals our ills.
God will deliver us as He delivered
the Israelites from their affliction
at the hands of the Egyptians (1st reading).
“God delivers your life from the pit,
surrounds you with love and compassion.”
God nurses no lasting anger; He has
not dealt with us as our sins deserve.
But God demands something of us
in return – that we cleanse ourselves
from evil desires and avoid sin.
St. Paul warns us, “Whoever thinks
he is standing secure should take care
not to fall.” (2nd reading). Jesus says
it more powerfully in today's Gospel,
“If you do not repent, you will all perish.”
The Lord’s patience with us is a gift –
“Merciful and gracious is the Lord,
slow to anger, abounding in kindness.”
Our duty is to remain faithful to the Lord,
as His children, and to treat His anointed ones
with love and compassion, as He would do.
We are to be merciful to our enemies by
imitating Jesus. 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 have compassion
on those we may be inclined to condemn.
We cannot imitate God without a share
in Christ’s divinity, by allowing the Holy
Spirit within us to guide us. Only then
will we have the kind of compassion the
Psalm speaks about.
And as our psalmist says, God’s love will
tower over us if we are his faithful.
If we love the Lord, it will show in our hearts,
and the old things will then pass away.
What could be a better lesson for our
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist assures us that God in His compassion
will redeem our life from the 'pit.' But we must do our part
and show repentance. Describe how during Lent you are
becoming kinder and more merciful to your family and your neighbors.
2. The Psalm inspires us to bless the Lord and 'forget not all
His benefits.' Speak of your gratitude for the gifts you have received from God.