Psalm 130: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (Read)
“With the Lord, there is mercy and fullness of redemption.”
The psalmist calls to the Lord from “out of the depths”
of his sin that has brought him near to death. He asks
the Lord, “Hear my cry for mercy.” He waits with longing
for the Lord, knowing that God forgives, and redeems us,
even when we abandon Him. “My soul looks for the Lord
more than sentinels for daybreak.”
There is no way we can please God, so long as we remain
in the flesh, as St Paul says in today's 2nd reading (Romans 8).
But God forgives us, gives us 'life in the spirit' and saves us
from death (remember 'the wages of sin is death.') What
greater act of forgiveness could there be than the sacrifice
of the Son of God for our sins? “But with you there is
forgiveness, that you may be revered.”
We too await our redemption with hope, knowing that even
if we are dead in our sins, the Lord will revive us. We too
cry out to the Lord for forgiveness – “Lord, may your ears
be attentive to my cry for mercy.”
Redemption is a promise made to us, just as the Lord
promised the Israelites that he would open their graves and
put his Spirit within them, so they would live (today's 1st reading,
That same Spirit raised Jesus from the dead, and St Paul
tells us the Spirit of God will give life to our mortal bodies too.
This is that “full redemption” the psalmist talks about that is
later made real to us in the Gospel story of Lazarus.
And so we too have come to believe and revere our Lord,
as happens in the Gospel among the Jews in Bethany.
Truly, 'Our God is an awesome God.'
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist sings about the promise of forgiveness that is
available to us if we trust in the Lord. Speak about how you will
seek out God's mercy during this Lenten season.
2. The Psalm talks about 'plenteous redemption,' or the 'fullness
of redemption.' Tell what this means to you as you prepare for
the coming of Easter.