Lectionary Reflection for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Psalms for All SeasonsThis excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 36:

Psalm 36 contrasts the folly, deception, and conniving of faithless people (vv. 1-4) with the majestic goodness of God (vv. 5-9) and concludes with a prayer for continued experience of God’s steadfast love rather than the influence of the godless (vv. 10-12).

Rich theological themes are expressed in the middle section of the psalm, where God is praised for a quartet of characteristics: steadfast love, truthfulness, faithfulness, and sovereign authority (vv. 5-6).

God is praised as the deliverer of both people and animals (v. 6), the refuge for both angels and people (v. 7), and a source of nourishing water from the fountain of life for the thirsty (vv. 8-9).


A prayer for reflection:

Loving and faithful God, we thank you that in Jesus Christ
you have revealed the height and width, the breadth and depth of your love.
With you is the fountain of life, and in your light we see light.
May our lives reflect your goodness and by your Spirit bring healing to others,
until all creation makes its home under the shadow of your wings. Amen.


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