Monday, February 16, 2015
Psalm for Sunday, February 22, 2015
Psalm 25: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (Read)
“Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth
to those who keep your covenant."
This Sunday’s Psalm is a prayer for forgiveness
and guidance, a good way to begin the season
of Lent. Our psalmist David recalls the covenant
the Lord made with Noah (Genesis 9:8-15), and
David writes, “Remember your compassion and love, O Lord, for they are ages old.”
Later in the psalm David affirms, “Good and
upright is the Lord, thus He shows sinners the way.”
Who else could lead us out of the pit of our sins but
God’s Son, the righteous one who suffered for us,
the unrighteous ones, as St Peter reminds us in this
Sunday's 2nd reading. (1 Peter 3:18-22) Peter says
Baptism doesn’t remove the dirt from our bodies;
it doesn’t remove our sinful nature. But it does allow us
to receive the Holy Spirit within us, because without
the Spirit, we are powerless against the Devil.
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 come to share in His divinity. Who else
would have such regard for sinners, for believers who
disobey him? It is He who encourages us when our
tongues confess – “The Lord guides the humble rightly,
and teaches the humble His way.”
In this Sunday's Gospel, our Lord Jesus tells us what we
are to do as we prepare for the most important season
of the year, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Mark 1:15)
And in response we join with our psalmist and say,
“You are God my Savior.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our Psalm speaks of being taught by the Lord
("Teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me;
He teaches the humble His way.") Are you a good student of the Lord?
Tell about what you have learned or are learning from the Lord.
2. According to our psalmist, the Lord "shows sinners the way."
As we enter the season of Lent, we could all use some guidance
and help as we strive for repentance and to be bolder in our faith.
Explain what you will do during Lent to become a more obedient
Christian and a better witness for your faith.