The flaming banners of our King advance through his self-offering.Does this sound familiar? Do you recognize these words?
He lived to rob death of its sting; he died eternal life to bring.
A Roman soldier drew a spear to mix his blood with water clear.
That blood retains its living power; the water cleanses to this hour.
The crowd would have been satisfied to see a prophet crucified.
They stumbled on a mystery: Messiah reigning from a tree.
With what strange light the rough trunk shone, its purple limbs a royal throne, its load a royal treasury: the ransom of a world set free.
The best are shamed before that wood; the worst gain power to be good.
O grant, most blessed Trinity, that all may share the victory.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Crucifixion of Our Lord
The daily lectionary readings in Matthew have led us to the crucifixion of our Lord.