Our first reading this weekend is the 4th Servant Song in Isaiah. Even as Isaiah was wrestling with the crushing affliction of the Babylonian Exile, the Lord inspired him with hope. God helped Isaiah see that, for the descendants of David, losing the throne would ultimately be a path from sin and its consequences to mercy far beyond anything they or the exiles could imagine. Having expected Jesus to enter Jerusalem and re-establish the kingdom, only to then see him condemned and crucified, the disciples searched their scriptures for understanding. The servant songs in Isaiah provided profound insight into the paschal mystery, and the rest is history. We are called to die and rise with Christ, so God isn’t finished using this passage to help folks understand infirmity and suffering. Pray with it for a while!

Sunday, October 18, 2015