sunday of the passion: the language of love

On this day, we have heard the story of Jesus' passion as recorded in John's gospel. You might want to read it for yourself before listening to this reflection. The words sung just before Pr Joanne's reflection are a translation of the old hymn we know as Paul Gerhardt's (17th C German), but really draw back to a Latin poem by Arnulf of Leuven who died in 1250CE. They put on our lips this cry to Jesus:

What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.

Blessings to all as we undertake this journey in Holy Week.


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