Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 11 April – Tuesday of Holy Week – Second song of the servant

Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

God said, “It is not enough for you to be my servant, to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel; I shall make you a light to the nations so that my salvation may reach the remotest parts of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:5-6)

God was not content to save the people he had called out of the desert. Instead, God chose to send his Servant to bring salvation to all the world. His salvation will reach to the ends of the earth and all peoples will be saved, not through their own efforts but by the power of their Creator, who has always desired what is good for his people. This is the great gift we celebrate this week: God’s having reached down to become one of us and to give himself completely to us in human form. This Jesus from Nazareth brings us the living word of God so we can learn to be most completely human.

God, I have often chosen to follow paths other than the true one Jesus has shown me.

Have mercy on me and give me everlasting life with you.


Fr Ron Boudreaux SJ

Fr Ronald J. Boudreaux SJ (born Scott, Louisiana 1946; entered the Jesuits 1997; ordained 2005), hails from Louisiana, U.S.A. Born in the small town of Scott, he graduated from the University of Southwest Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) with a BA in French, minors in English and Spanish. Fr. Boudreaux entered the US Army Security Agency in 1968, studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and served as a Russian linguist in Germany until his discharge in 1972. Fr. Boudreaux received his Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado in 1987. After entering the Society of Jesus in 1997, he went on to study philosophy at Gonzaga University and Loyola University Chicago. He received a Masters in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, California in 2005. Fr. Boudreaux served as retreat master at Montserrat from the fall of 2006 until the summer of 2010, when he was missioned to his tertianship studies at Weston, Massachusetts. During that time he ministered with the Jesuit Institute of South Africa in Johannesburg. Fr. Boudreaux returned to Montserrat in July 2011 and currently serves as superior to the Jesuit community and Director of Montserrat.

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