Living Eucharist

St Francis and Christ, Petit Palais, AvignonThe first reading at Mass yesterday, the 29th Sunday of the Year,  was taken from the prophet Isaiah. It is a part of one of the ‘servant songs’ of Isaiah, widely read as prophetic anticipations of the sufferings of Christ, particularly in his Passion.

In yestday’s blog there was a caution regarding any reading of the first line as a literal ‘explanation’ as to why Jesus was crucified. After all, it was not God but men who tortured and killed Jesus.

For today, though, let us pause and reflect on Jesus’ willingness to suffer for us: pause, reflect, wonder and give thanks.

The Lord has been pleased to crush his servant with suffering.

If he offers his life in atonement, he shall see his heirs, he shall have a long life and through him what the Lord wishes will be done.

His soul’s anguish over, he shall see the light and be content.

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