Matthew Kelly’s great book suggests many ways to get to know Jesus better. Here is another. Spend time with the Songs of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah. The book of Isaiah includes four poems, Servant Songs, and today we hear the third one. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week we will hear the other three at Mass. Who is the suffering servant? Many Jewish scholars see these passages as referring to the nation itself. Some see them as prophecies about the Messiah. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostles and evangelists recognized Jesus in these powerful poems. The songs can also refer to Christ’s body in the world today, the church. At any rate, want to understand Jesus better, especially his passion, death and resurrection? Look no farther than the Songs of the Suffering Servant.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016