Scripture Reading: Psalms 51:17

Hear St. Augustine of Hippo: “Even when one confesses his sins, he ought to do it with praise of God; nor is a confession of sin a pious one unless it be made without despair, and with a prayer for God’s mercy.”

Brethren, “there is beauty in the breaking.” This may not be a revelation that makes you jump and shout, but it is necessary because in order for the bride of Christ to be radiant with His Glory, a breaking must come in us, personally and corporately. God says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” (Psalms 51:17) King David came before the Lord in a broken state of repentance; he acknowledged where he missed the mark. In the same spirit, St. Camillus de Lellis lamented thus: “O Lord, I confess I am the most wretched of sinners, most undeserving of Your favours; but save me by Your infinite mercy.”

Beloved, God delights truth in the inward being (Psalms 51:6). David understood that God did not desire the burnt carcass of an animal for retribution. He wanted the essence of David, brokenness and all. God does not resist brokenness. He is drawn to it, whether broken by sin or broken for the depths of God, He is attracted to our willingness to break before His presence. A Christian once said, “It seems to me as if I had had a thousand road engines come over my life to break me up like a potter’s vessel. There is no other way into the deep things of God but a broken spirit. There is no other way into the power of God.” St. John Eudes says, “Pride is an illusion, a lie and a theft. And since it is a truth of faith that we are nothing, he who esteems himself and thinks that he is someone is a seducer who deceives himself.”

I believe that there is a brokenness needed within the body of Christ to deal with the issues of sin and unholy living. As the body of Christ, we tout the royalty card according to 1 Peter 2:9 at times dangerously puffing up with pride while soon forgetting that a king after God’s own heart broke himself in repentance before the presence of the Almighty. Status does not change the need for repentance.

MASS: VIOLET Is 58:1-9a; Ps 51: 3-4. 5-6ab. 18-19 (R.19bc); Accl. Amos 5:14; Mt 9:14-15

Prayer Points:

Recite the “Act of Contrition”.

“Lord give me the humility of spirit so that I may be worthy of Your love. Cleanse me of all sentiments of pride and vanity. Make my heart docile and submissive to Your holy will. Shower an abundance of Your grace upon me. Amen.” (The Imitation of Christ)

Take the prayer of “Trust in the Divine Mercy” in DSD, Section A.

Exercise: Take the “Rosary of Divine Mercy”.

Meditation: Proverbs 28:13.