Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota
Year B, Palm Sunday, Psalm
(The Liturgy of the Word)
Be not far from me, for trouble
is near, and there is none to help
Reflection on Psalm 22:
by Nan Stokes
So much of this psalm seems to be a portent and prediction of what will
happen to the Son of God as he suffers on the cross of crucifixion.
This day we read the verse which says, "All who see me laugh me to scorn,"
but the later verses are not included. This means that, as the psalm
turns to praise of God, we don't have the opportunity to follow the psalmist
into that awareness of God's love and protection. When Jesus hung
on the cross in anguish and unbelievable pain, was he crying out to God
that he felt forsaken? This psalm was an ancient lament which Jewish
people recited when they prayed for deliverance from mortal illness.
God's help in the past inspires the prayer that His help will continue
in the present time. Certainly Jesus knew that God was not far from
him and would hear his lament. Just now as we begin the darkest days
of Lent and look forward to the joy and light of Easter, we know that God
is ever with us, protecting and loving us and an ever present help in our
times of trouble.
To Reflections on other Readings for this
Mark (14:32-72) 15:1-39 (40-49)
Stokes is an active member of St.
Edward the Confessor Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN. She originally wrote
this reflection in 2000. Nan and we welcome your comments. Please
address your comments or additional reflections to
Stokes or any MEESC
member, or mail them to:
Holy Trinity Church
Elk River, MN 55330-0065 USA
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