Today we have the third Servant Song, and here is part of it: ‘The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him that is weary. Morning by morning he wakens, he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I turned not backward. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been confounded; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near’.

Here we see so clearly the willing suffering of the Servant – his lack of resistance to those who held him captive, his consent to all that was being brought upon him. And, supremely, this is all fulfilled in the Passion of the Lord, upon which we are about to enter, to ‘re-live’ it with and in Him. May we be alert to all the resonances of this time, both in the Liturgy ad in our own personal prayer and lectio, and may God bless you.