Monday of Holy Week | Becky Spurlock

Psalm 36:5-11
Isaiah 42:1-9
Hebrews 9:11-15
John 12:1-11

In Psalm 36, David declared:

“Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You,LORD, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart. May the foot of the proud not come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.”

One of the Lenten practices focuses on preparation. Like many rituals and liturgical seasons
in the church, it is a defined time in which we experience the tension of waiting, preparation
and anticipation.

In the Episcopal tradition, one of the many ways this time is marked is that we leave out the
alleluias we usually say in certain prayers. Stopping short of that alleluia is a jarring reminder
of the mood of Lent.

About half way through Lent, I begin to really miss the alleluia. When Easter arrives and the
service is filled with jubilee, we don’t just add the alleluia back in, we often shout it. We want
the alleluia. We need the alleluia.

This Psalm reminds me of a good alleluia. God is good. He is here, not just in abstract ways,
but as a refuge and fountain of life.

Alleluia indeed!

Associate Dean of Students



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