Take the 69th

If we did not have Psalm 22 or 31, what would Christians sing on Good Friday? Perhaps Psalm 69. Is the savior consumed by anger, as is hinted in John 2:13ff, or is he consumed as in spent, emptied, and cast aside?

Because zeal for your house has consumed me, I am scorned by those who scorn you. (10)

In context, I think more the latter. And these verses are poignant:

Insult has broken my heart, and I despair;
I looked for compassion, but there was none,
for comforters, but found none.
Instead they gave me poison for my food;
and for my thirst they gave me vinegar. (21-22)

My thoughts: will I comfort the Lord? Will I show the compassion looked for? Or will I play my part in feeding the needy poison and vinegar? In my best moments, I would say no. In my worst, the best I can muster is “I hope not.”

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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