Judica me, Deus

Coming up is the fifth Sunday in Lent and second Sunday before Easter, which is called Judica Sunday: “Judica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta” (Judge me o God and fight my fight against a faithless people Ps.42)

Watchword for this Sunday is from the gospel of Matthew 20,28: “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Theme: Jesus the High Priest

Mendelsohn composed this melody to fit the psalm 43. 

Richte mich, Gott, und führe meine Sache
wider das unheilige Volk
und errette mich von den falschen und bösen Leuten.
Denn du bist der Gott meiner Stärke;
Warum verstößest du mich?
Warum lässest du mich so traurig geh’n,
wenn mein Feind mich drängt?
Sende dein Licht und deine Wahrheit,
daß sie mich leiten
zu deinem heiligen Berge,
und zu deiner Wohnung.
Daß ich hineingehe zum Altar Gottes,
zu dem Gott, der meine Freude und Wonne ist,
und dir, Gott, auf der Harfe danke, mein Gott.
Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele,
und bist so unruhig in mir?
Harre auf Gott! Denn ich werde ihm noch danken,
daß er meines Angesichts Hülfe,
und mein Gott ist.
Do me justice, o God, and fight my fight
against a faithless people;
from the deceitful and impious man rescue me.
For you, o God, are my strength.
Why do you keep me so far away?
Why must I go about in mourning,
With the enemy oppressing me?
Send forth your light and your fidelity;
they shall lead me on
And bring me to your holy mountain,
to your dwelling place.
Then will I go in to the altar of God,
the God of my gladness and joy;
Then will I give you thanks upon the harp, my God
Why are you so downcast, o my soul?
And why do you sigh within me?
Hope in God! Then I will again give him thanks,
In the presence of my savior
and my God.

Old Testament Reading from Genesis 22:1-13  Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied.  2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”  3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.  4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.  5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”  6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together,  7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”  8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.  9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.  10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.  11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied.  12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”  13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

Epistle reading from Hebrews 5:7-9  7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.  8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered  9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him

Gospel reading from St.Mark 10:35-45  35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”  36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.  37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”  38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”  39 “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with,  40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”  41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.  42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,  44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.  45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

About Wilhelm Weber jr

Rector of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Tshwane
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