But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Today’s gospel talks about a pivotal moment in Jesus’ life–the Pharisees have decided that Christ must die. Jesus responds by withdrawing from the area, curing his followers and asking them not to speak of these healings. In fulfillment of God’s promise, Jesus also carries the Lord’s grace and love to the most broken of us.
The Lord unconditionally loves us with all of our imperfections. He implores us to take shelter in that love. Can you think of ways in which we can extend that same love onto those closest to us whose “imperfections” may challenge us? How can we do this out of our own brokenness? How can we remain faithful in God’s love during these pivotal times of our lives?
—Jenni and Dan O’Brien. Dan serves as regional development director for the Wisconsin Province Jesuits. Jenni is the mother of two young children and a psychotherapist specializing in depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues with teens and adults.
Holy God, I thank you for your gifts of grace and hope. Stir my soul with gratitude for your daily presence in all I attempt and accomplish. I place my life in your hands this day. Praise to you always—God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen!Please share the Good Word with your friends!