Letting go, giving in, falling into the mystery. This is not easy, especially when the mystery becomes painful.
Several years ago, my husband, Gary, died after developing complications during what we had anticipated would be routine surgery. After his death, people wanted to help. In the early, most raw time of grief, I could not imagine what would possibly help.
The psalmist recognizes our need for help. He understands too that sometimes we scarcely know what help we need or where to turn to find it. He does not hesitate to give voice to his concern and to open his heart to the One who is the source of all help. “Be pleased, O God, to deliver me,” he pleads as the psalm begins. “O Lord, make haste to help me!”
The psalmist’s words assure us that knowing our need and asking for help are part of what it means to belong to God—and to one another. We need not navigate our lives on our own or wrestle with the mysteries all by ourselves.
When we are at our most vulnerable, asking for help can feel like weakness. Usually the opposite is true. Seeking help is a way of recognizing we belong to one another and to the God who meets us in our deepest pain.
In verse 4, the psalmist reminds us that seeking God’s help provides a pathway to gladness; drawing near to the God who takes delight in delivering us becomes a road to rejoicing. With this verse, the psalmist counsels joy in the presence of panic. “Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you,” he sings. “Let those who love your salvation say evermore, ‘God is great!’”
What help do you need this day? Are you willing to ask for it and to offer thanks when it arrives?

Help me, God. Help me. Help.

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Leccionario Semanal
March 26 – April 1, 2018
Resumen de la Escritura

This week’s readings take us through the depths but then into the eternal light. We walk each step with Jesus, who suffers betrayal, abandonment, and death in our place. But it is more than that. He also enters into the brokenness of our human condition and feels our pain, such that on the cross he even feels abandonment by God. He walks through the valley of the shadow of death because of God’s amazing, reckless love for us. This is the power of Holy Week. But that is not the end of the story. Jesus’ steps do not end at the cross, for he walks out of the tomb! Now we can follow in his steps and participate in his new life. He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Preguntas para la reflexión

• Read Psalm 70. What help do you need from God? from others?
• Read Isaiah 42:1-9. Where do you see signs of God’s work in the arena of justice? Where does Creation provide signs of restoration?
• Read John 12:20-36. As you ponder the reign of God in your midst, what images call to your mind God’s presence?
• Read John 20:1-18. When have you, in love, released the life expected in order to take up the life God intends for you?

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