Today we have the second Servant Song, and here is part of it: ‘The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”’

The theme of ‘hiddenness’ stands out in this passage: the hiddenness of the Servant, the hiddenness of Christ who was hidden in His Mother’s womb, hidden at Nazareth, His Divinity hidden in His humanity. His glory was supremely seen on the Cross, as witnessed by the centurion, who proclaimed, ‘Truly this was the Son of God’.

He hides in us also, through His indwelling in our souls – and we hide in Him as we take refuge in Him. May we welcome Him, and take our refuge in His Sacred Heart, and may God bless you this day.