During Holy Week,
rather than repeat the readings of Palm Sunday
or anticipate the readings of Easter Sunday,
Living Eucharist features a reading from the liturgy of that day.
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.
My vindicator is here at hand.
Does anyone start proceedings against me?
Then let us go to court together.
Who thinks he has a case against me?
Let him approach me.
The Lord is coming to my help,
who will dare to condemn me?
First reading for the Wednesday of Holy Week
The Lord endured suffering and endured it for our sake.
For our sake he overcame suffering, to free us from our agonies and sins.
Carving. Collection of the Barber Institute, Birmingham. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.