Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 17 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17
2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
A reflection on today's Scripture:
As we begin our Lenten journey on this Ash Wednesday, a time of repentance and a time of renewal, I would like to turn your attention briefly to the psalm from today's readings. This is Psalm 51, one of the most beloved of the penitential psalms. It was written by King David shortly after his affair with Bathsheba when he was confronted by Nathan the prophet about his great sin against his God and against his nation. It is known as the Miserere which comes from Latin meaning "mercy" and from the first line of the psalm, which begins, "Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness."
King David wrote this psalm as part of his repentance for his great sin. This psalm is recited every Friday in the Liturgy of the Hours within the Church worldwide. If you do not pray the Liturgy of the Hours, I would encourage you to reflect on this psalm regularly during the Lenten season, and think back on those times when you needed God to blot out your offense or to wash away all your sins.
Lent is a time of penitence and renewal, a time that is so well stated in this psalm. You will remain in my prayers this Lent and I pray that you may find the many graces that God bestows on you as you renew your journey with our Lord in your life as a Christian.
~ Don Claunch, SFO | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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