Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 13 April – Thursday of Holy Week – Fourth song of the servant
Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ
Look, my servant will prosper, will grow great, will rise to great heights. As many people were aghast at him–he was so inhumanly disfigured that he no longer looked like a man…he was despised, the lowest of men, a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering, one from whom, as it were, we averted our gaze, despised, for whom we had no regard. (Isaiah 52:13-14, 53:3)
Jesus was put through so much suffering for me and others like me. The great paradox of God is that his grace is always greater than the evil we do. It was in our complete rejection of him on Calvary that his love became manifest. He did not flinch but gave himself to those whom he loved and who betrayed him. Very ordinary people, like you and me, were so easily swayed by a few false words that the perfectly innocent man was condemned to death. His life had been about loving those he had been given, even when they refused to love him back. He now lives in all those around me. Will I love him now?
Sweet and loving Jesus Christ, may I find in you the courage to pattern my life on yours from this day forward.
Teach me to love you in my neighbour.
Teach me to love as you love.