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Monday of Holy Week

“Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him, he will bring forth justice to the nations” (Isaiah 42:1).[1]

Monday of Holy Week’s Old Testament reading speaks of a chosen Savior, a Lord who will be a light to the nations. He will open the eyes of the blind and bring out the prisoners. The passage in Second Isaiah, one of the four Servant songs, foretells of a Savior who cares about justice. Biblical justice highlights what ‘ought to be’ in the kingdom of God.[2] Harmony and equality are virtues this servant of the Lord values. As Pope Francis said in a 2013 address, “There cannot be true peace if everyone is his own criterion, if everyone can always claim exclusively his own rights, without at the same time caring for the good of others, of everyone, on the basis of the nature that unites every human being on this earth.” [3][4]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Revised Standard Edition, s.v., “Isaiah, The Book of.”
[2] Ken Wytsma, Pursuing Justice (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc, 2013), 1-71.
[3] Walter Brueggemann, Isaiah 40-66 (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998), 121-123.
[4] Adrian Nocent, OSB, The Liturgical Year: Lent & Holy Week (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1977), 161-166.

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