Passion Week: The Servant of the Lord

Monday of Holy Week begins with a passage from the passionate prophet Isaiah

The Servant of the Lord

42 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold,

my chosen one in whom I delight;

I will put my Spirit on him

and he will bring justice to the nations.

2 He will not shout or cry out,

or raise his voice in the streets.

3 A bruised reed he will not break,

and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.

In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;

4 he will not falter or be discouraged

till he establishes justice on earth.

In his law the islands will put their hope.”

5 This is what God the Lord says—

he who created the heavens and stretched them out,

who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it,

who gives breath to its people,

and life to those who walk on it:

6 “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;

I will take hold of your hand.

I will keep you and will make you

to be a covenant for the people

and a light for the Gentiles,

7 to open eyes that are blind,

to free captives from prison

and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

8 “I am the Lord; that is my name!

I will not give my glory to another

or my praise to idols.

9 See, the former things have taken place,

and new things I declare;

before they spring into being

I announce them to you.”

The Servant Lamb has obediently faced Jerusalem, redolent of the nard poured over His feet by Mary, the sister of Lazarus. In this singular action, she followed the example of her Lord in costly devotion, not only pouring the expensive perfume over his feet but in letting her hair down in public and gently drying the feet that would carry Him to the Cross later in the week. Isaiah tells of a similarly humble servant who will nonetheless shake the world of injustice, not through shouting or violent display, but through the consistent  display of righteousness. Peace be with you as you discover your own humility and consider what costly sacrifice the Lord calls you to.

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