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March 3rd - Psalm 130

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordMarch 3, 2023

today's other readings are Ez.18: 21-28 and Mt. 5: 20-26

The sixth of the Penitential Psalms, #130, has been long known by the Latin De Profundis, and for centuries it has been used in the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church as a prayer for the faithful departed. It is also the 11th of 15th "Psalms of Ascent" (psalms 120-134) that Jewish pilgrims would sing as they approached Jerusalem.

As in Psalm 51, the psalmist recognizes his lowly state - he is at rock bottom, so to speak. What to do? In his state of distress, he wisely realizes that it is only God who can help him.  But he also does so with trust and waits for answer from the Lord.  

What grabs my spiritual attention as I reflect on this psalm today is the psalmist's patience.  He is not demanding an immediate response from God, and he is quite willing to wait for as long as it takes, trusting that it will come in due time, as God sees fit. But he firmly trusts and knows that it will come.

A good lesson for us all of us when we want immediate answers from God.