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.


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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