Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Psalm for Sunday, September 15, 2013

Psalm 51:  3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 (Read)


“A clean heart create for me, O God.”

We are shown in the Psalm that although David 
was chosen by God to be king, even David sins gravely.
David is sincerely sorry for having committed adultery 

and murder, two grievous sinful acts which separated 
him from our loving Father.  He pleads with the Lord, 
"Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness; in your 
abundant compassion blot out my offense."  We are 
reminded here that no sin is too big for God to forgive.  

Just as Moses trusted God to relent in His wrath against 
the Israelites (Exodus 32:11), we too trust in the Lord to be 
far more forgiving than we ourselves are capable of.  
And when we do fall into deep patterns of sin, we must 
realize that our wrongdoing ultimately, is a rebellion 
against the Lord himself.  David’s sins, like our own, 
are offensive to God first and foremost –
we are all born of a sinful nature.

David prays words of repentance that recall for us the 
power of the Sacrament of Confession. “A clean heart 
create for me, O God; renew within me a steadfast spirit.”  
The Lord is the source of cleanliness and purity of heart. 

God wants to have a close relationship with us, but 
unconfessed sin will always get in the way. We must
confess our sins openly and sincerely. Where else 
can we turn when we are separated from God?  Who else 
has the healing power to cleanse us?  David reminds us 
that without the Holy Spirit we are ruled by the desires of 
this world.  “Do not drive me from your presence, nor take 
from me your Holy Spirit.”

We can almost hear David’s loud cries and see his tears, 
as he offers this prayerful psalm and seeks his own 
inner renewal.  And just as David is profoundly grateful 
for God's compassion,so too St. Paul acknowledges 
God's mercy in this Sunday's 2nd reading (1 Timothy 1:13).

When we receive the Sacrament of Confession, we also 
are given an opportunity to be restored in the joy of His 
Salvation, to offer up what is dead within us, so that like 
the prodigal son in the Gospel we can return to the Father 
and again be good witnesses for the Lord.  “I will rise and 
go to my father.”(Luke 15:18)

Once we have regained a solid foundation with God the Father, 
no strong assault from satan will overcome us.  We can have that 
very same "steadfastness of spirit" that David asks for and 
receives from the Lord. 


Discussion Questions for Reflection
1.  Our Psalm is King David's mea culpa,his personal 
confession to God.   Speak of how the verses of the Psalm 
inspire you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
2.  Our psalmist pleas with the Lord not to take from him God's 
Holy Spirit.   Tell of how you also rely on the Spirit in your daily life.


  1. The historical "David" committed Adultery and Murder .....two very serious and grievous sinful acts, and yet God in His mercy, forgave him. The fact that no sin is too big for God to forgive, is simply amazing, and gives all of us much to be hopeful for. For most of us, our sins are "small potatoes" compared to what David did, and we should not let these "small potatoes" get in the way of our relationship with God. Let us continue to be positive in our relationship with God. Let us not procrastinate in trying to find the perfect place and time to pray....as the Nike ad says, "Let's just do it."

  2. "Do not drive me from your presence, nor take from me your Holy Spirit." I realized that I could not do anything without the Holy Spirit's help. Through the Holy Spirit God has poured his love into our hearts. A Divine forgiveness and love will melt away our guilt and shame as happened to David. We can experience His mercy with our contrite heart whenever the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins. He comforts us, encourages us, strengthens us and guides our lives.

    When we encounter spiritual warfare, He gives us the direction and wisdom how to get out of a mess as quickly as possible.
    Recently I went for Eucharistic ministers training session. I felt intimidated because of fear and doubt about my hearing problem. I kept asking myself what if I don't hear them well. Out of my frustration, I wanted to drop out from the whole thing. There is no point to serve God in this kind of situation. I told myself I might not be called to serve Him any more, no matter how much I wanted to serve. I wanted to run away from there.
    At that moment the Holy Spirit reminded me this was not from God, that it was from Satan. The Holy Spirit gave me hope, "You can do it with the help of me and the grace in Jesus." All of sudden my faith was strengthened. That's why we can not deny the Holy Spirit as God in the trinity.