Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 12 April – Wednesday of Holy Week – Third song of the servant

Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

Lord Yahweh has opened my ear and I have not resisted, I have not turned away. I have offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; I have not turned my face away from insult and spitting.  Lord Yahweh comes to my help. (Isaiah 50:5-7 )

Jesus did not turn away from danger or even death. He had chosen to follow his Father’s wishes with immovable conviction. He set his face like flint in the direction of Jerusalem, where he would face his ultimate challenge. He knew he would be in danger because of sinful human nature. John tells us in his gospel, “No one had to tell him about human nature. He [Jesus] understood it well.” Jesus knew that humans are betrayers. Yet, his love for humanity was far greater than any fear he might have felt.

Lord Jesus, teach me to rise above my own fears.

Teach me to allow you to lead me in life so that I do not give in to the seductions of the world and betray 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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