The Lord helps the servant despite the effort by others to humiliate the servant.

Christians see Jesus in the four Servant Songs. The third Servant Song begins by describing the servant as having the tongue of a teacher, which points us to the parables and other teachings of Jesus the rabbi.

We also understand the Servant Songs as descriptive of a community and of the nation of Israel. How does the community teach? What does the nation chosen by God offer the world? The quest for justice, an understanding of God’s loving mercy, and God’s salvation are three of the many gifts God’s chosen people taught and teach the world.

How do these words about the Servant connect with the church as community and what it may teach the world? As I write, the global church is divided politically, culturally, and in a host of other ways. Some observers would say that the church is not teaching the way of Christ as much as it demonstrates the values of a secular perspective. Others argue that the separation of the secular from religious tradition is not possible and that Christianity always reflects the culture in which it is grounded.

If Christianity reflects the culture, then let it reflect the cultural understanding of the servant community of Israel and the community of Christ in the New Testament. Let it reflect love and justice, mercy and salvation. Let it reflect the Servant who listened “morning by morning” to the Lord. Let Christianity reflect the way of the servant and the way of Christ who affirmed God’s providence. Moving further into Isaiah 50, verses 10-11 tell us that the Servant walks through darkness by trusting in God.

Our times seem perplexing and full of conflict. Even so, God continues to plot the Resurrection, and we wait to see the fullness of that revelation.

God, may my life reflect the love and grace of your Servant Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Leccionario Semanal
March 22–28, 2021
Resumen de la Escritura

This week’s readings prepare us for Palm Sunday, a joyous event. Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey, a symbol of kingship in ancient Israel. The people greet him with loud acclamations. He is coming in the name of the Lord! Standing along the road leading into Jerusalem, how could anyone imagine what would happen that following week? Wasn’t Jesus finally going to manifest the fullness of God’s power, take his place on the throne of David, and overthrow the Romans? No, because that was not his mission. He came not to build an earthly kingdom but to lay aside his rights. He came to be glorified by being humiliated . . . for us. He came to suffer and die . . . for us.

Preguntas para la reflexión

Read Isaiah 50:4-9a. How does your faith community reflect the servant in this reading?
Read Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29. How are you rejoicing in this day that the Lord has made? How are you blessing “the one who comes in the name of the Lord”?
Read Philippians 2:5-11. How does this hymn of the early Christian community speak to you as you prepare for Holy Week?
Read Mark 11:1-11, 15-18. Spend some time imagining the scene of Jesus entering Jerusalem as described in the reading. Where are you in the scene? What do you see? What do you hear around you? What do you feel as you watch this event?

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