Monday, September 22, 2014
Psalm for Sunday, September 28, 2014
Psalm 25: 4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 (Read)
“Good and upright is the Lord, who shows sinners the way.”
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 share
in His divinity. Who else would have such regard
for sinners, for believers who disobey Him?
The Lord is talking to all of us here; we are all
sinners. Jesus was criticized for consorting
with sinners, but He replied that the sick (people
like us) are the ones who need a physician.
We are all able to benefit from the healing power
Our psalmist says, “Make known to me your
ways, Lord; teach me your paths.” The prophet
Ezekiel, in our 1st reading, tells us that if we follow
the Lord's way, we will be able to turn away from
sin and avoid death (Ezekiel 18:31). The psalmist
prays to God, “Remember no more the sins of my
youth; remember me only in light of your love.”
And in the Gospel, Jesus tells us how a young man
became right with God after having disobeyed
Him (Matthew 21:31).
And where does the power come from to turn away
from sin? It comes from the Lord, “He shows sinners
the way.” It is He who encourages us when our tongues
confess, “The Lord guides the humble rightly,
and teaches the humble the way.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. As the Psalm says, our Lord shows us sinners the way; we pray that
He will teach us His paths. What leads you to follow the Lord's truth?
2. Our psalmist petitions God to remember not the psalmist's frailties or
the sins of his youth. How is the Lord's compassion shown in your life?