Gospel Reflection: Holy Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

HOLY WEEK — MARCH 21 – MARCH 27, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

 

ISAIAH 50: 4-9Third of the Servant of the Lord Oracles

The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to answer the weary a word that will waken them.

 Morning after morning he wakens my ear to hear as disciples do;

The Lord God opened my ear; I did not refuse, did not turn away.

 I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who tore out my beard;

My face I did not hide from insults and spitting.

The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced;

Therefore I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame.

 He who declares my innocence is near.

 Who will oppose me?  Let us appear together.

 Who will dispute my right?  Let them confront me.

 See, the Lord God is my help; who will declare me guilty?

The Word of the Lord

 

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

Today is the third day that we are reflecting on the Prophet Isaiah’s Oracles on the Servant of the Lord, or as they are also known as the Suffering Servant Songs!

While the people of Isaiah’s time heard the Oracles one way, we of the New Covenant in the Blood of Christ see the Oracles pertaining to Jesus the Savior, and to us the Body of Christ that continues to embrace suffering in imitation of Jesus.  We unite our suffering to the suffering of Christ on the Cross for the salvation of the world!

The Oracle also becomes a guide for spiritual living, an instruction in how each day of one’s life should unfold:

  • Prayer is attentiveness to God, Listening to the Lord Jesus;
  • It is the Lord who opens our ears in prayer so we might hear His voice;
  • We should be receptive to His Sacred Word and not harden our hearts;
  • As in prayer, we need to trustfully surrender ourselves each day into His hands;
  • The Lord is trustworthy and He will not leave us orphans; He will help;
  • As the prophet tells us, we are carved in the palm of His hand;
  • The Lord will hold us, will uphold us!

Hail to you, our King, obedient to the Father;

            You were led to your crucifixion like a gentle lamb to the slaughter.

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

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

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