FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 12, 2017
Wednesday of Holy Week
WORD of the DAY
I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who tore out my beard; my face I did not hide from insults and spitting. The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; Therefore I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. (Isaiah 50: 6-7)
The words of Isaiah have accompanied us during these days of Holy Week and now reach the apex of dramatic reality. As in a film, they are projected onto the soul as the violent sequence of the Passion unfolds. These images were already known to Jesus who had foretold them to his incredulous apostles. The future is already present, heavy with fear and death.
However, within and beyond the events there is a God who helps and thus “I shall not be put to shame”. There is a Father who renders justice and who declares the innocence of His Servant. And even more, God is on our side. His solidarity with our suffering helps to give it meaning.
The voice of the Liturgy – Entrance Antiphon (Phil. 2: 10/8,11)
At the name of Jesus, every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, for the Lord became obedient to death, death on a cross: therefore Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.