Lectionary Reflection for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 130:

Psalm 130, the eleventh of the Psalms of Ascents and one of the seven penitential psalms, is a profound expression of the human predicament and a strong statement of God’s grace.

It is often identified by its opening words in Latin de profundis, and has been associated with prayers to God in concentration camps and prisons, hospitals, and places of devastation.

The central motifs of the psalm are waiting for God and the pardon and redemption that God provides for a people who have taken the wrong path.

Though confident of God’s sovereign grace, the psalm ends with a call to hope in the Lord.


A prayer for reflection:

When we realize the depth of our sin, O God, we are driven into dark despair.
It is only when we realize the height of your mercy
and the breadth of your forgiveness,
that we begin to see the dawning of new life in Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to you, O Lord our Redeemer. Amen.


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