Today’s Old Testament reading is the first Servant Song of Isaiah: ‘Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him, he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not fail or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: “I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness’.

Christian tradition ascribes the person of the servant to Christ. The words ‘my chosen, in whom my soul delights’ recall the words spoken from heaven at both the Baptism of the Lord and the Transfiguration: ‘Lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased”’; and ‘A voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”’

In these days of Holy Week, let us pray that we will be able to spend more time with the Lord as He meets His Passion, walking the journey with this beloved Servant: to listen to Him at depth, and so be transformed. May God bless you.