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June 23, 2019: The Ten Commandments—the First Commandment and Explanation

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 38: Prayer for the Lord’s Salvation Against the Devastation Wrought by Our Sin—Psalm 38 is one of the seven penitential psalms.  It is a confession of sin and a prayer for the Lord’s salvation.  David reflects upon how, because of his sin, the Law of God pierces him deeply.  He honestly expresses what his sin has done to him and how the condemnation of God’s Law has devastated his conscience.  All of this is expressed in the language of “no soundness in my flesh…no health in my bones…a heavy burden that is too heavy to bear…I am feeble and severely broken.”   The heavy load of David’s sin includes how the members of his friends and family keep their distance from him because of his failings.  David confesses that his sin has left him all alone and that his only hope is in the salvation of the Lord which he has neither earned nor deserved. “In You, O Lord, I hope; You will hear O Lord my God…For I am ready to fall, and my sorrow is continually before me. For I will declare my iniquity; I will be in anguish over my sin…Do not forsake me, O Lord; O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation.”  David teaches us what is our only help and comfort in the struggle with sin: to cling the Lord and the promise of His salvation.CP190623

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