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.
Some people exude moral force. That is, they live such a transparently principled life that they inspire others to grow in virtue.
Often, though, these same people are so strident that they alienate their peers before they might inspire them, weakening the effect they might have on the world.
An antidote to this dilemma is to pray for the grace to become like the object of Isaiah’s servant song quoted in today’s Gospel. The finest leaders that I know are cast in this mold.
The fulfillment and ultimate exemplar of the servant song is the person of Jesus. Spending time with Jesus and asking for this grace that we seek can shape us into this model of servant leaders.
—Paul Mitchell is a Jesuit educator who has stepped out of the classroom into full-time care of his two young sons. He is the author of Audacious Ignatius.
Will you let me be your servant,
let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I might have the grace
to let you be my servant too.
We are pilgrims on the journey,
we are travellers on the road;
We are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load
—Lyrics of The Servant Song, words by Richard Gilliard, © 1977 Scripture in SongPlease share the Good Word with your friends!