13 Sep Friday
Triskaidekaphobia Day and a full moon, a good day for the Miserere, Psalm 51, the responsorial this Sunday. We have six verses of the much longer psalm. What we do use of the whole has some well known and famous lines. It is the prayer of repentance, the more elaborate prayer of the younger lost son. It will be my prayer today. It is also a hymn of praise and thanks. The father in the parable held this attitude throughout.
Paul’s letter portion this week is also a recognition of the mercy of God powerfully changing his life. He is grateful and humbled by the gift of mercy, and leverages this personal experience to encourage the same practice to Timothy and his people.
The Alleluia verse affirms the message of reconciliation for the readings. More than that, we have this message, these accounts of reconciliation as evidence of our participation in the work of God.