Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Lent 6 – Palm Sunday – Year A

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Where is the gate of the LORD?

Well, it is in Jerusalem and Jesus rides through it and Herod rides through it and a cheering crowd rides through, as does a jeering crowd. Now, whether one recognizes that a gate of the LORD has been ridden through or not, well, that's a different question.

The righteous enter through it. The unrighteous enter through it. The great mundane middle enters through it.

In this Psalm we only hear of the righteous entering and this leads us to think that only the righteous enter. The word "only" makes a critical difference.

Remember that later will come a plea from the unrighteous and the uncaring for salvation that they might successfully find and enter a gate of glory beyond themselves and the moment.

Remember that later will come an affirmation regarding steadfast love, for all.

Might the gate of the LORD be located where you are? Within you, even? Will you help someone else find a gate, whether yours or not, and enter?

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