Sunday, April 10, 2011

Psalm 129, Exodus 1.1-22, Mark 14.12-31 - Lectionary for 4/10/11

Today's readings are Psalm 129, Exodus 1.1-22, and Mark 14.12-31.

The overriding theme in today's readings is that of persecution. The Psalmist observes attacks and lashing. The people of Israel undergo oppression in Egypt, even to the point of having the male infants killed. Jesus tells of his coming death. Yet in our Gospel reading we see that the death of Jesus is that which brings life to his people, to all who believe on him. He promises that his broken body is the bread of life and his shed blood is a new covenant. He assures his disciples of eternal life based on his giving of himself for them. May we have God's grace to look to Jesus for life, no matter what struggles we ourselves endure.

Dave Spotts
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