Vatican City, Nov 4, 2003 / 22:00 pm
As part of his comments of the Psalms and Canticles for Vespers in the Liturgy of the Hours, Pope John Paul explained Psalm 140, “Prayer in times of danger” during the general audience celebrated in St. Peter’s Square.
Speaking to some 18,000 pilgrims, the Pontiff said that Psalm 140 “reflects the spirit of prophetic theology that intimately unites worship and life, prayer and existence. The same prayer made with a pure and sincere heart becomes a sacrifice offered to God.”
He then explained that the psalm takes on a tone of petition to the Lord “so that He does not allow our lips and sentiments to be infected by evil and so that ‘evil actions’ are not carried out”.
“Words and actions,” he continued, “are in fact the expression of a person’s moral choices. Evil often is attractive enough to push even the faithful to taste the ‘delicious foods’ that sinners can offer, joining them at their table, that is participating in their perverse actions.”