Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota
Year B, Palm Sunday, Old Testament Reading
(The Liturgy of the Word)
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.
to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there
is no other.
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
Another Reflection on this reading in Year
To Reflections on other Readings for this
Isaiah 45:21-25 or 52:13-53:12
Mark (14:32-72) 15:1-39 (40-49)
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:
Holy Trinity Church
Elk River, MN 55330-0065 USA
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