Pope Francis ends his document with Psalm 25:6. It may seem a strange way to bring his writing to a close, given all he said about mercy and its being integral to God’s nature. Why ask God to remember something which, truth be told, God could never forget?
The answer comes in the Hebrew word translated ‘remember.’ It means to be mindful; that is to concentrate upon. David is saying, “Don’t focus on our sins–focus on your mercy.” David is saying, “God fill your mind with mercy.” In that way, David’s words are exactly the way for Pope Francis to end his treatise.
His ending is our beginning, as we ask God to be mind-full of mercy. We close the pages of Pope Francis ‘ writing and open God’s book of life–a book filled with mercy. Psalm 25:6 is a verse which is set within a larger environment–the environment of God’s utter goodness and David’s total trust in that goodness.
In this way, Pope Francis is telling us, “Never doubt God’s mercy. It is the fulness of God’s disposition toward you.” No wonder he ended his writing this way. It is good news indeed!