Psalm 25: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (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?
Our psalmist David humbly offers up his sins to God
his savior, and waits for God’s guidance. “The Lord guides
the humble rightly, and teaches the humble His way.”
In today's Gospel the early disciples leave their nets
and their families behind when Jesus calls out
to them. (Mark 1:16-20) Jesus had a plan for His
disciples, when He singled them out to serve Him.
God had a plan for Jonah as well (1st reading);
his mission was to warn the people of Nineveh
to repent and turn to the Lord. (Jonah 3: 1-5)
St Paul, in our 2nd reading, has a similar message for
all of us, that time is running out and any day now
would be an acceptable day for us to focus on our own
salvation. (1 Corinthians 7: 29-31) The Lord is there
to guide us, as He was in the days of David, our psalmist.
Whether it's through a Jonah in our midst or a Saint Paul,
the message of the Lord is clear – “Repent and believe
in the Gospel.” We may not be able to do this on our own,
but as our psalmist says, “The Lord shows sinners the way.”
The Lord is talking to all of us here; we are all sinners.
We are all able to benefit from the healing power of Jesus.
And where does the power come from to turn away from sin?
It comes from the Lord, It is He who encourages us when
our tongues confess, “Remember no more the sins of my youth;
remember me only in light of your love.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist petitions the Lord, 'Teach me your ways.'
How do you go about learning the ways of the Lord? Tell how
the verses of the Psalm help you understand the ways of the Lord.
2. Our Psalm says the Lord 'shows sinners the way.' Give an example
of how you have been guided by the Lord to turn away from sin and repent.