Monday, June 6, 2016

Psalm for Sunday, June 12, 2016


Psalm 32: 1-2, 5, 7, 11  (Read)

“Then I declared my sin to you, and
you took away the guilt of my sin.”


A simple act of confession, which sometimes
is so difficult for us, is how we get rid of the
torment in our lives that is a consequence of
unconfessed sin. We all know the peace that
we obtain when we receive the Sacrament of
Reconciliation, when our burden of guilt is lifted.
We are convicted of sin, as was our psalmist
King David, whose sins against Uriah resulted 
in horrible consequences for David's family.  
(First reading, 2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13)

We may not be able to avoid the consequences
of sin, but we can lift up the burden of sin and
give it to Jesus, our Savior. After all, as scripture
tells us, Jesus came to heal the sick, and to forgive
sinners like us. Having received the Lord's
forgiveness, we become the blessed sinners that
our Psalmist talks about. And then we are inspired
to sing out and praise the Lord.

In this Psalm, one of David’s penitential psalms,
our Psalmist sings out about the heaviness of his 
sin, that weighs upon him so long as he keeps 
silent.  David's sins were hidden in his heart.
Then when he declares his sin, and confesses 
his faults, his burden is lifted and his guilt is taken 

David is compelled to cry out “unclean, unclean”
and to seek God’s forgiveness in order to be healed.
For our part we too are called to kneel before our 
Lord and beg for mercy in order to receive his grace 
during the Sacrament of Confession.

As Jesus says, it is what's inside our hearts
that needs to be purified. And having been
cleansed from within, we really have something
to be joyful about.

We are all pitiful in the sight of Christ, but once 
on our knees, having confessed and repented
of our sins, there is hope for us sinners whose sin
is forgiven. As it says in the Psalm,  “Blessed is 
he whose fault is taken away, whose sin is covered.”

We all need a spiritual cleansing from time to time
if we are to obtain a pure heart. They say confession
is good for the soul, and as the Psalm tells us, we 
know that confessing our faults will lead us to be 
glad in the Lord and rejoice.


Discussion Questions for Reflection
1.  Speak of the peace you obtain after having received Absolution for 
your sins when you participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
 2.  Our psalmist, David, is convicted of his sins and acknowledges his 
faults before the Lord.  What is it in your life that inspires you to confess
your sins before the Lord?

1 comment:

  1. Rudy H12:42 AM

    In this psalm David uses 3 words to describe what we most of the time do towards God:

    · DISOBEDIENCE, or not doing what the Bible tells us to do: this hurts God

    · SIN, or doing what we want to do; often we cannot stop ourselves: this hurts God and us

    · DOING BAD THINGS which means doing things that may hurt other people: it also hurts God and us

    On the other hand what does God do?

    · God FORGIVES our sin: he GIVES it to Jesus, who carries it AWAY

    · God COVERS our sin: he does not punish us for doing it

    · God does not PUT (or HOLD) our sin AGAINST US: he will save us from going to hell for doing it

    God forgives us because He loves us. He sent his son Jesus to earth to die for us.

    Therefore we ask you God to forgive us, to cover our sin and not hold it against us and to clean us and purify us.