Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday)

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Psalm 31

9. Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble:
my eye wastes away for grief, my throat also and my inward parts.

10. For my life wears out in sorrow, and my years with sighing:
my strength fails me in my affliction, and my bones are consumed.

11. I am become the scorn of all my enemies:
and my neighbors, wag their heads in derision.

12. I am a thing of horror to my friends:
and those that see me in the street shrink from me.

13. I am forgotten like one dead and out of mind:
I have become like a broken vessel.

14. For I hear the whispering of many:
and fear is on every side;

15. While they plot together against me:
and scheme to take away my life.

16. But in you, O LORD have I put my trust:
I have said, "You are my God."

17. All my days are in your hand:
O deliver me from the power of my enemies and from my persecutors.

18 Make your face to shine upon your servant:
and save me for your mercy's sake.

With his critics around, common gossip will abound.
They'll note all that they see to discredit him and me.
Let them smirk, let them jeer, say what people want to hear;
I will give what I have to my Lord.

verse four of "I will give what I have."
John Bell & Graham Maule, (Iona Community)
The act of love which this song celebrates is recorded in chapter 14 of Mark's gospel.