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Pam Spano ponders how Psalm 106 calls her to renew her commitment to intercessory prayer.

The Responsorial Psalm for today's Mass, from Psalm 106, resonates with me throughout the year. Whenever I read it or hear it, I’m reminded to pray for others.  

I don’t take praying for others lightly. Over the course of my spiritual life, I’ve learned that my praying for others is essential not only to those I pray for, but for myself. Praying for others has taught me, as an only child, to put the needs of others before my own.  




The theme of Psalm 106 goes from giving thanks and praise to violence and defiling conduct. Then just as quickly the covenant is remembered and there is a return to giving thanks and praise.  

In these 48 verses, God gets angry, the people get angry, there’s violence and unclean acts. It’s an Old Testament reality show.  

At the end of Psalm 106 in verse 44, God heard the cry of His people and remembered His covenant. He had an abundance of mercy toward them.  

God’s people reciprocated in verse 47 by asking to be saved in His Holy Name and then praising Him.  


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Reflecting on Psalm 106 makes me think about my own spiritual journey. Some of the anger and unclean acts remind me of my past, but in the end, I remember:  

Remember me, LORD, as you favor your people; 
come to me with your saving help, 
That I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones, 
rejoice in the joy of your people, and glory with your heritage. (Psalm 106:4-5)


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