"You have sinned against the Lord, and the Lord for His part forgives your sin, you are not to die"
Those are the comforting words of the prophet to King David. Poor David, who through his anointing as King had been set upon the right path by God but had turned aside from that path. He had engaged in behaviour that was appalling. Not only had he taken someone else's wife, he had brought about the death of the poor man.
Paul also when he talks about being anointed with the Spirit is telling us how to reshape our lives again to allow the Spirit to direct us to have the courage we need to get back on the right path
All of us like King David were anointed in our baptism with the Holy Oil of Chrism, setting us aside as priests, prophets and kings. And in that moment of anointing we are set on a path but just like David we often turn aside from that path. David faced his sins and repented.
Most of us when we face our sin feel pretty helpless. We often enough feel we are going back on the same path that takes us away from God and we are always falling down. Sometimes we feel desperate about it and we don't know quite what to do. It maybe that, like David in repenting, we can set a few things on a new path again and know that God is always prepared to forgive all to those who are sincerely humbly sorry.
When we celebrate the Sacred Mysteries of Holy Mass we always admit to that and we are given the chance to acknowledge our sins. We know that when the Lord gives Himself to us we are given the most wonderful gift and that gift will change our lives.
Let's ask the Lord for the Grace to begin to to start changing ourselves so that we are set back on the right path to Him.