Monday 17 February 2020
James 1:1-11. Psalm 118(119):67-68, 71-72, 75-76. Mark 8:11-13
Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live – Psalm 118(119):67-68, 71-72, 75-76.
‘Be kind to me, Lord, and I shall live.’
Today’s psalm offers us words of yearning: ‘Let your kindness comfort me according to your promise to your servants.’ In calling upon the mercy and kindness of God in our days, we experience a greater openness to the Spirit. A few years ago Pope Francis called an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. On the year’s conclusion he wrote: ‘Mercy renews and redeems because it is an encounter between two hearts: the heart of God who comes to meet us and a human heart. The latter is warmed and healed by the former. Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh (cf. Ezek 36:26) capable of love despite our sinfulness. I come to realise that I am truly a “new creation” (Gal 6:15). I am loved, therefore I exist; I am forgiven, therefore I am reborn; I have been shown mercy, therefore I have become a vessel of mercy.’ Amen.