Lectionary Reflection for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 48:

Psalm 48 is a psalm of praise arising out of a vision of the presence of God in Zion. It is a vision of beauty and joy for the people of God (vv. 1-3, 8-13) and of terror for those opposed to God (vv. 4-7).

The exclamation “We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple” (v. 9) has particular resonance for Christians in light of the NT claims that the temple is now found in Jesus Christ (John 2:21) and that the body is a temple in which Holy Spirit dwells (1 Cor. 3:16, 6:19).

While this poem refers to the ancient city of Jerusalem, Christians, taking care not to spiritualize the original meaning of the text, have also drawn upon this imagery in reference to the new or heavenly city of God (Gal. 4:24, Heb. 12:22, Rev. 3:12, 21:2, 10).


A prayer for reflection:

Gracious God,
you have made us fellow citizens with the saints in the city of your eternal light.
In the times of upheaval or when the foundations shake,
teach us to wait in silence for your steadfast and transforming love,
made known to use in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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