Speak Lord: Our Rock


The Lord has given me
a disciple’s tongue.
So that I may know how to reply to the wearied
he provides me with speech.
Each morning he wakes me to hear,
to listen like a disciple.
The Lord has opened my ear.

For my part, I made no resistance,
neither did I turn away.
I offered my back to those who struck me,
my cheeks to those who tore at my beard;
I did not cover my face
against insult and spittle.

The Lord comes to my help,
so that I am untouched by the insults.
So, too, I set my face like flint;
I know I shall not be shamed.

First reading for Palm Sunday
Isaiah 50:4-7

The fortitude of Jesus continues to impress . What he chose to endure – not without fear and trembling – for love of us.

His example can serve us well, drawing us to follow that example, not only in fortitude ourselves but also in determination to continue to serve others and against all odds. People in all sorts of situations, all walks of life, of every vocation…

In this Holy Week we have a further opportunity to take stock, know the love that supports and enable us, and to give thanks…

Detail of crucifixion – a carving by Stephen Foster in Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral. (c) 2006, Allen Morris





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