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Lectionary Reflection Year B, Palm Sunday, Old Testament Reading (The Liturgy of the Word)

Isaiah 45:21-25 Declare what is to be, present it – let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me. "Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. They will say of me, 'In the LORD alone are righteousness and strength.' " All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame. But in the LORD all the descendants of Israel will be found righteous and will exult.

Reflection on Isaiah 45:21-25 by John G. Gibbs, PhD

“Turn to me and be saved…” This is said by the Creator of all that is (45:18ff.). Palm Sunday could have been a turning point toward wholeness of life and health. It is to God that every knee shall bow and every tongue shall swear, and that is what earliest Christians had to say about Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:8-11). The Creator wills our salvation. The Christ serves God by being Mediator of both Creation and Redemption.

Another Reflection on this reading in Year C.

To Reflections on other Readings for this Sunday:
Old Testament Isaiah 45:21-25 or 52:13-53:12
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Psalm 22
New Testament Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel Mark (14:32-72) 15:1-39 (40-49)

John Gibbs, PhD, a retired theologan, attends Trinity Episcopal Church, Park Rapids, MN. He originally wrote this reflection in 2002. He and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to John Gibbs or any MEESC member, or mail them to:
MEESC Holy Trinity Church Box 65 Elk River, MN 55330-0065 USA

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