Lectionary Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 23:

Psalm 23, like Ps. 16, is a psalm of trust. It is filled with memorable imagery: grassy pastures, restful waters, dark valleys, the protecting and correcting rod and staff, sumptuous feasts, and fragrant oil.

It makes a journey from “rest” to “shadow” to “feast,” narrating God’s presence in moments of orientation, disorientation, and reorientation.


Prayer for reflection:
Jesus, loving shepherd, we hear your voice,
and we know the price you paid because of your love for us.
Help us to move beyond hearing and knowing
to accepting the life you offer us and committing ourselves to serving others,
giving you all honor, glory, and praise. Amen.


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