Triskaidekaphobia Day and a full moon, a good day for the Miserere, Psalm 51, the responsorial this Sunday. We have six verses of the much longer psalm. What we do use of the whole has some well known and famous lines. It is the prayer of repentance, the more elaborate prayer of the younger lost son. It will be my prayer today. It is also a hymn of praise and thanks. The father in the parable held this attitude throughout.

Paul’s letter portion this week is also a recognition of the mercy of God powerfully changing his life. He is grateful and humbled by the gift of mercy, and leverages this personal experience to encourage the same practice to Timothy and his people.

The Alleluia verse affirms the message of reconciliation for the readings. More than that, we have this message, these accounts of reconciliation as evidence of our participation in the work of God.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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