Psalm: 55
Old Testament: Jeremiah 17:5-10;14-17
New Testament: Philippians 4:1-13

My heart is in anguish within me,
the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fear and trembling come upon me,
and horror overwhelms me.
And I say, ‘O that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest (Psalm 55:4-6)

Following Bonhoeffer’s lead, I have been very intentional this week about reading the Psalm portions of the Office from Jesus’ point of view. When I came to these verses, I was immediately reminded of the Agony at Gethsemane.

I think it would be foolish to say that Jesus went stoically to his death. If that were the case, how could he be fully human? All of us fear pain and torture, and Christ was no exception. Throughout his entire Passion, the dark shadow of the Devil loomed…tempting him to abandon his mission.

And yet our Saviour chose not to fly away like a dove. Instead, he stayed in the company of sinners, bore the brunt of false accusations and died on a cruel Cross. Thanks be to God that our Lord is one who understands pain, fear, and doubt….and who overcame them so that we might be saved. +

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