Psalm for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord (ABC)

Psalm 22: 8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24

This week our responsorial psalm comes from Psalm 22, which is a combination of a lament and a hymn of thanksgiving. The imagery used is both vivid and forceful. In some places, it is so realistic that one cannot distinguish with certainty factual description from poetic metaphor.

Jesus spoke the first words of this psalm when was nailed on the cross, making his own the feelings of trust in God that are conveyed in this prayer. This gives the psalm a very special value because it prefigured Christ’s feelings and gives us an insight into what his death meant to Jesus at the time and its implications for us.

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