Monday, March 27, 2017

Psalm for Sunday, April 2, 2017


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
Sunday’s second reading. (Romans 8:8).
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 one
made for us by the Son of God?  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, as our psalmist says, 
“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. (Sunday’s first reading,  
Ezekiel 37:12-14)

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. (Romans 8:11)
This is that “full redemption” the psalmist talks 
about that is later made real to us in the Gospel 
story of Lazarus. (John 11:1-45)
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.

1 comment:

  1. With the lord, there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

    Our psalmist reaffirms and assures us that the promise of forgiveness and redemption are available to us. How do we obtain them? The psalmist says our Lord does not record our sins. If our soul waits for the Lord, and we put our hope in Him, He will hear our cry for mercy and show his unfailing love for us. I personally am relieved to know that I have a forgiving father and also a God who redeems me.

    When I pray and ask for forgiveness of my sins, I realize God is not holding anything against me. I feel my communication line with God has resumed again.
    I know that I will seek his mercy during this Lenten season. and I will prepare joyfully with a pure, clean heart for the coming of Easter, when Jesus is raised from the dead.
    He will raise me up. Alleluia Alleluia! There is mercy and fullness of redemption with the Lord.