Gospel Reflection: Holy Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

HOLY WEEK – MARCH 21 – MARCH 27, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

 

ISAIAH 49: 1-6second of the Servant of the Lord oracles

Hear me coastlands; listen distant peoples.

Before birth the LORD called me, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.

He made my mouth like a sharp-edged sword, concealed me, shielded by his hand.

He made me a sharpened arrow, in his quiver he hid me.

He said to me, You are my servant, in you, Israel, I show my glory.

Though I thought I had toiled in vain, for nothing and for naught spent my strength,

Yet my right is with the LORD, my recompense is with my God.

For now the LORD has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb,

That Jacob may be brought back to him and Israel gathered to him;

I am honored in the sight of the LORD, and my God is now my strength!

It is too little, he says for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob and restore the survivors of Israel;

I will make you a light to the nations that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

The Word of the Lord

 

REFLECTION:    If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts!

Beginning with yesterday’s Sacred Scripture, our Holy Church has initiated us into a period of intense meditation so that we may more deeply probe the meaning of the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  To achieve this end, the Church has selected for our reflection the Prophet Isaiah’s Oracles pertaining to the Suffering Servant.  There are four Oracles: one for each of the following Holy Week days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Good Friday.

The Prophet indicates that there is one who has been uniquely commissioned to become a light to the nations; to open the eyes of the blind; and to bring out prisoners … and those who live in darkness.   Sometimes, as was true in the Oracle of yesterday the one called is an individual, and at other times, like in today’s Oracle, the one called is the Nation of Israel, the People of God.

From our New Testament perspective, we cannot read and meditate on these verses without immediately thinking of Jesus.  Jesus is the magnificent Servant of God – the All Faithful Servant who lays down His life for the salvation of all: that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

Also, as the Body of Christ, do we not also see ourselves in these readings?  For in turn Jesus Christ has commissioned us to be a light to the nations.  In other words, Disciples of Christ are to provide the good example, the Way of Jesus needed by the world.  The Church of whom we are members is the sacrament, the instrument of God working in the world to bring all peoples to salvation.

May the Good Lord increase our holiness so that we may draw others to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ!

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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