Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cogdell: portrait of Jesus in psalms

Saturday, May 21, 2011
    Feast of Commemoration of Helena, Protector of the Faith, 330
Taste and see that the LORD is good;
    blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
Fear the LORD, you his saints,
    for those who fear him lack nothing.
    —Psalm 34:8-9 (NIV)
    In these psalms [34, 5, 22, & 69] we see Jesus to be a person of intense loneliness and deep suffering. We see him as a person of fervent prayer to God—for himself, for his followers, for his enemies. We find the scope of Jesus’ concerns to encompass the entire world and ages. We get a glimpse of his pain over the treatment he received from his fellow Jews, particularly from his betrayer and from the leaders of his nation in their determined opposition to him. In short, we see Jesus to be a person “who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sinning”.
    ... John R. Cogdell, “The humanity of Jesus Christ, as revealed in certain Psalms”, section VI (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have known our passions, loves, hatreds, and despair, and yet have not sinned.
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