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Lectionary Reflection

All Years, Maundy Thursday
Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary
Year B, Proper 13
Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary

Psalm 78: 14-20, 23-25

14He led them with a cloud by day, *
and all the night through with a glow of fire.
15He split the hard rocks in the wilderness *
and gave them drink as from the great deep. 
16He brought streams out of the cliff, *
and the waters gushed out like rivers.
17But they went on sinning against him, *
rebelling in the desert against the Most High.
18They tested God in their hearts, *
demanding food for their craving. 
19They railed against God and said, *
"Can God set a table in the wilderness? 
20True, he struck the rock, the waters gushed out, and the gullies overflowed; *
but is he able to give bread or to provide meat for his people?" 
23So he commanded the clouds above *
and opened the doors of heaven. 
24He rained down manna upon them to eat *
and gave them grain from heaven.
25So mortals ate the bread of angels; *
he provided for them food enough.


Reflection on Psalm 78: 14-20, 23-25
by John G Gibbs, PhD

Ancient Israel and Church alike extol God's works in this world. Psalm 78 is one of several psalms (105, 106, 135, 136) that look back across God's works with and for God's People.

This psalm sharply contrasts God's faithfulness within the creation and, on the other hand, the faithlessness of the covenant community. What does God do? God uses what God has created to provision the People: springs of water gush forth from the rocks, rains pour down from above, "mortals ate of the bread of angels; he sent them food in abundance" (78:25). As for the People, on the other hand:"They forgot what he had done, and the miracles that he had shown them" (78:11). They forsook both covenant and law. They resorted to flattery, lies, infidelity to God (78:36-37)

It is essential to retain this cosmic context for Holy Week. What happens during these days is not a private via dolorosa (path of tears), for it is a New Exodus that includes not only all Israel, but all humanity, and all creation.

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Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal)
Revised Common
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Psalm 78:14-20, 23-25
(this page)

Psalm 116: 1, 10-17

New Testament Lesson


To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 13

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal)
Revised Common
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
2 Samuel 11: 26 – 12: 13a
Psalm 78:1-25 or
Psalm 78: 14-20, 23-25
Psalm 51: 1-13
(this page)
Psalm 78: 23-29
New Testament Reading:
Ephesians 4: 1-16

John Gibbs, a retired theologian, resided in Park Rapids, MN, when he originally wrote this reflection in 2001. John and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to John Gibbs or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

c/o C. Morello
4451 Lakeside Drive
Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

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