One focus of our Community chant classes this Lent is preparing for the Holy Week liturgies. We were talking about the verses, sometimes called the Reproaches, which we traditionally sing on Good Friday: O my people, what have I done to you, or in what have I offended you? Answer me. I led you forth from the land of Egypt and delivered you by the waters of baptism, but you have prepared a cross for your Savior.
These verses are a poignant reminder of our pervasive rebellion and disobedience but when, as a new avenue into the text we explored the idea of flipping the structure of the verse, the emphasis suddenly shifted to God’s unfathomable love for us, like sunlight bursting through storm clouds: You have prepared a cross for your Savior, but I led you forth from the land of Egypt and delivered you by the waters of baptism.