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March 21, 2005

Psalm and Gospel

Of course one could write books on the spiritual significance of our Lord's cry from the Cross of "My God, why have you abandoned me," but how often do we think about its place in Scripture - thinking not just about the phrase itself, isolated, but its place in the context of the whole Bible?  Like everything in the Bible it has so many levels of meaning. Of course we recognize it from the Psalm which is proclaimed at that same Mass.  But it is not just an allusion to the text; the whole Psalm is being lived out right there.  The people around him set it up, and He makes it plain as the nose on your face for anyone familiar with the Old Testament.

People in the Gospel: "He trusted in God; let him deliver him now if he wants him.

People in the Psalm: "He relied on the LORD; let him deliver him, let him rescue him, if he loves him."

They say their part of the Psalm, He says His, fulfilling the prophecy and teaching all who listen, both those present at the moment and throughout history.

Posted by Thomas A. on March 21, 2005 at 03:28 PM | Permalink


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