Lectionary Reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Psalms for All SeasonsThis excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 126:

Psalm 126, the seventh of the Psalms of Ascents, remembers the restoration of Zion and expresses hope in God’s continued restoration (see also Ps. 85).

Its imagery of transformation (weeping to rejoicing, sowing to reaping) makes this psalm rich with evocative possibilities, especially when linked with other scriptural texts that depict conversion, deliverance, or resurrection using the images of weeping and rejoicing (e.g., Ps. 30 or the raising of Lazarus) and sowing and reaping (Luke 8:1-9, 1 Cor. 15:35-42, 2 Cor. 9:6-10, James 3:18).

 

A prayer for reflection:

We are overwhelmed, O Lord, by your love and saving goodness.
In Christ Jesus you restore both our lives and our world.
Like reapers at an unexpected harvest,
we shout your praise and sing your goodness. Amen.

 

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