A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Saturday 2 March

Psalm 103:1-12, Micah 7:14-20,
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Bless the Lord

Psalm 103 is one of the most beloved of all the psalms. The psalm is wrapped in an envelope of blessing. The cry ‘Bless the LORD, O my soul’ (NRSV) begins and ends the psalm. The word ‘bless’ originally meant to bend the knee before, that is, to bow in homage. So the psalmist lifts his whole self, his inner and outer being, to bless God. He owes his whole life to God. He praises God for his forgiveness, healing, redemption, loving kindness, tender mercies, providence, righteousness, justice, grace and patience. May we do the same today.

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