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Pope Francis reflects on David’s plea for mercy

March 30, 2016

Pope Francis devoted his March 30 general audience to Psalm 51 (50), in which the psalmist begged God for mercy.

“This Psalm is traditionally seen as King David’s prayer for forgiveness following his sin with Bathsheba,” Pope Francis told the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square, according to the official English-language synthesis of his remarks. “Its opening words, ‘Have mercy on me, O God in your kindness,’ are a moving confession of sin, repentance and confident hope in God’s merciful pardon.”

“Together with a heartfelt plea to be cleansed and purified of his sin, the Psalmist sings the praise of God’s infinite justice and holiness,” the Pope continued. “He asks for the forgiveness of his great sin but also for the gift of a pure heart and a steadfast spirit, so that, thus renewed, he may draw other sinners back to the way of righteousness.”

“God’s forgiveness is the greatest sign of his infinite mercy,” Pope Francis added. “Through the prayers of Mary, Mother of Mercy, may we become ever more convincing witnesses to that divine mercy which forgives our sins, creates in us a new heart, and enables us to proclaim God’s reconciling love to the world.”


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