The First reading at Mass today, the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, tells a story of sin and repentance and mercy that should prepare us for the principal reading in the Liturgy of the Word, today’s Gospel with account of Jesus and the woman with a bad name in the town, and great love in her heart.
The story of King David is very different but with a poignancy and consequences that today’s short passage can only allude to.
The episode we hear today focuses us on the gratuity of God’s mercy. David does so little even to show his repentance- but forgiveness is so suddenly, and so freely, given.
Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord the God of Israel says this, “I anointed you king over Israel; I delivered you from the hands of Saul; I gave your master’s house to you, his wives into your arms; I gave you…
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