February 24, 2021
Lenten Weekday
The Mercy
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Psalm 51:3

There are seven penitential psalms that when sung or spoken can give us much spiritual help to express our repentance. These seven unique psalms are highly recommended to be prayed during Lent. The fourth and most famous, called “The Miserere,” was written by King David when he cried out to God begging for forgiveness after he had committed murder and adultery. Whatever our sins may be, we can discover in these ancient expressions of sorrow a divine forgiveness and healing consolation. Our sins may be few or many. Yet, like King David, we can offer our sincere prayer to our God of goodness, whose great compassion can wipe out any offense.

This Lent, the pleading prayer “Lord, have mercy” is the prelude to a eucharistic liturgy and can lead us to conversion and a better life.

- Fr. James McKarns

Jonah 3:1-10 • Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19 Luke 11:29-32
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