Day 122: Abner Is Killed

Psalm 25 The contrite psalmist sought forgiveness as well as help in avoiding future sin. These are indispensable signs of true conversion and necessary elements in the Sacrament of Penance. God is infinitely merciful and the source of mercy and unconditional love; since there is no limit to God’s love and desire to forgive, we should never doubt his willingness to accept our contrition for sins. 

I lift up my soul: This indicates a strong desire to give oneself ENTIRELY to God.

Sinners...the humble: It is interesting to note that sinners and the humble are put on equal footing. A person’s humble self-knowledge of his or her own sinfulness is the first step to conversion and spiritual growth. The psalmist ranked himself among the sinful, humbly asking for God’s merciful forgiveness.

His way: The Lord’s way is one of “steadfast love and fruitfulness,” to which St. Augustine added mercy and judgement. (CCC 1732)

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we give you praise and we thank you. We thank you for the difficulty of these days. Honestly, God, it is difficult to get through these names. And we just have to admit that, ‘Yes, they mean something. Yes, they are powerful. They are meaningful. And they are difficult.’ That is worth noting. It is worth noting that. Oh gosh, Lord, thank you. Thank you for your Word that is rooted in history, and rooted in reality, rooted in people’s actual stories so that all of these names is a marker. All of these names is a person. All of these names is an untold story. So many of these names we have here, Lord, are names of people that we don’t know much about other than their name and other than the fact that they were critical to you. They were loved by you. They were known by you. And they were part of your story to redeem the world. So in the difficulty, Lord, we ask that you please give us strength and give us patience so that we can hear the words we need to hear and we can become the people you want us to become. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”