Speak Lord: Brother

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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?

Responsorial Psalm for Palm Sunday
Psalm 21(22):8-9,17-20,23-24

The Psalm at Mass tomorrow is a psalm prayed by Jesus on the Cross. The psalm confronts the agony, but concludes with an act of hope, trust, that God does not abandon his chosen…

We are among those chosen, and so too are all made in God’s image and likeness. In that is our hope and also our challenge, to rise above prejudice and preference and know each one as a brother and a sister.

The Crucified. Michelangelo. The Louvre, Paris. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.

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