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Psalm 106: Joy and Confession

A clergyman hears confession from Pope Francis during a Lenten penance service March 9 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. The service marked the start of the worldwide celebration of “24 Hours for the Lord,” a period when at least one church in every diocese was invited to be open all night — or at least for extended hours — for confession and eucharistic adoration. (CNS photo/Stefano Rellandini, Reuters) See POPE-LENTEN-PRAYER-SERVICE and POPE-CONFESSORS March 9, 2018.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Psalm 106

Confession of sin

The psalmist cites six times that the nation of Israel turned away from Yahweh: in Egypt, in the desert, in their camp, at Horeb, in their tents, at Baal-Peor, at Meribah, and in Canaan. Each of us might be able to easily make a list of the times we regret having strayed too far from the core of Christ which is in each of us. As we read through these beautiful stanzas laced with sorrow and joy, let us remember that God always saves. This much we know.  We might do well to give thanks for this fact as often as we can each day because our God is a loving, powerful, saving God who delights in our returning home, no matter our confession.

And this much we also know, that with our words of contrition, we find a stirring of peace, and love and joy.

Image from: https://www.catholicsun.org/2018/08/31/why-the-church-law-forbids-violating-the-seal-of-confession/

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