“Who was conquered? Death! And how? By your mercy! You temper your justice with mercy. In mercy you cleansed us in the blood; in mercy you kept company with your creatures.” -St. Catherine of Siena
Such a quote by the “Doctor of Divine Peace” as she should be called because of her way with written words and settling disputes, St. Catherine had, in her own sense, a way of understanding Divine Mercy (as we see in the above quote).
Surely St. Catherine, in her God-given wisdom, would understand Psalm 51 to be a Psalm of the Loving Heart. She might even understand it to be a psalm of the Miraculous Heart of Christ, in where on the Cross, Christ poured out infinite graces by saving man from eternal death and opening the way to Himself, Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Let us examine and discern then Psalm 51 from a poetic nature, in where we see the words for how they affect our souls, causing effects and change within our lives.
In the first part of Psalm 51 (verses 3-10), God is speaking to us about the deliverance from sin, not just the act itself in the past, but of sin’s emotional, physical, and social consequences. We know the opposite of love is hate, in where love unifies, hate divides. Therefore, the act of love promotes grace to come about, where as the act of hate or sin demotes us into disgrace and furthers us to choose a deadly way of life, both now and to come. In these instances of love, we choose our Redeemer on the Cross, where as in the instances of hate and sin, we choose the evil one.
In the second part of Psalm 51 (verses 11-19), God is telling us that nearness to Him brings joy to our hearts, thus completing ourselves fully and sufficiently. He is also telling us, as the Great Author is so elegant in doing, that we would be given the authority to teach sinners. What this part means is that in given authority, we are given a share in God’s plan to help bring people into the Beatific Vision of Heaven and, so it is, of God. He also helps us, through the Holy Psalm of Mercy, learn to live by His Spirit. We should always live by His Will and His Plan, never tempting him or trying to micro-manage what we think we can control.
In the third and final part of Psalm 51 (verses 20-21), God is telling us that if we keep up the Hope in His Son Jesus Christ and the work that was done to save us, we will meet Him in Paradise. This is so supported by the fact that He, through the Holy Spirit in the written words of Scripture, need to come clean and contrite to Him in our sacrifices made. These are not sacrifices that equal Jesus’ sacrifice, but ones that show that we truly love God with all we have in our heart, our soul, our mind, and our strength. He has no need of our sacrifices for making Him sufficient, but we have need of His Sacrifice in the Holy Mass of the Most High by our efforts to show him we simply care.
Therefore, in the conclusion of this article, I leave you with a simple quote from another Doctor of the Church, St. Jerome.
“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ”
God bless all of you and may He keep you safe on your journey to Heaven.
Your Dearest Brother,
Matthew Alan-Anthony Johnson
-Devotee to the Miraculous Heart of Christ-