From the Word of the Day
“The spirit of the Lord is upon me for the Lord has consecrated me with oil. He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the suffering, to bind the wounds of the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom to slaves, and liberty to prisoners.”
(Isaiah 61: 1)
The Lord Isaiah presents is Jesus, the promised Redeemer. It is not by chance that he speaks in the first person here. What the Spirit of the Lord makes Him accomplish by clothing Him totally in His power is decisively salvation. These brief lines say He is, above all, the bringer of good news. This is not atypical. On the contrary, it stands out precisely because of the adjective ‘Good’ that qualifies its substance.
Attention is also placed on the recipients. It deals with suffering, with those on the periphery of existence, who not only have nothing, but also count for nothing. Other recipients are the many who have wounded hearts due to lack of love or mistaken love. It is the strong proclamation of what men and women have the greatest right to, freedom from all that enslaves the mind, sentiments, and decisions.
The proposal is to reflect on these lines, to remember in our heart all the kinds of oppression that today cause the degradation of society. On this Holy Thursday, it helps us to be aware of how this painful reality accords with the Mystery of Jesus. How true it is that in His Passion and Death, He took upon Himself all these evils and suffered so that we could re-discover our good, so that we could return to be ourselves, people who walk with heads held high, knowing they are loved and forgiven, and therefore able to love in turn.
Today as I pause for silent contemplation during this Holy Thursday, I shall reflect at length on the great love Jesus has for me and for each person and how much He suffered to relieve our pain. I will ask Him to help me see how I can best imitate Him.
Jesus, thank You for the Eucharist, the memorial that renews this mystery of grace, of joy, of freedom!
The voice of St. Francis de Sales, Spiritual Director
In the strength of adoring and eating Beauty, Goodness, and Purity in person in this divine Sacrament, you will become beautiful, good, and pure.