Taste and See: At one with Christ

Fresco AssisiThe Responsorial Psalm for the Mass of Palm Sunday invited us into an intimate sharing in the Lord’s faith – his experience of challenge and fear, his experience of trust and faith.

It is, of course, a psalm prayed by Jesus on the Cross.

It is a prayer that draws us into the central mystery of Holy Week.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

All who see me deride me.
They curl their lips, they toss their heads.
‘He trusted in the Lord, let him save him;
let him release him if this is his friend.’

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Many dogs have surrounded me,
a band of the wicked beset me.
They tear holes in my hands and my feet
I can count every one of my bones.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

They divide my clothing among them.
They cast lots for my robe.
O Lord, do not leave me alone,
my strength, make haste to help me!

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

I will tell of your name to my brethren
and praise you where they are assembled.
‘You who fear the Lord give him praise;
all sons of Jacob, give him glory.
Revere him, Israel’s sons.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Psalm 21:8-9,17-20,23-24

Each disciple is called to follow Jesus. The call finds a vivid depiction in the fresco reproduced above. The example of St Francis is a great inspiration to such a careful imitation of the Lord.

What is equally true is that the Lord accompanies us in our struggles.

In our praying of Holy Week we are invited to find a deeper communion with the Lord and a sharing of life, love, even suffering with him.

  • What in your life do you find easy to share with the Lord?
  • What do you seek to keep to yourself, even hide from him?
  • What does the Lord seek to share with you?
  • What do you welcome? And what do you resist?

 Photograph is of fresco in the basilica of St Francis, Assisi. (c) 2014, Allen Morris

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