2015 Lent Reflection – Wednesday 1 April

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WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 2015

Isaiah 50:4-9

The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by insults…

I have always been amazed as to how Jesus was able to endure his Passion in is a meek and humble way – yet with such inner strength and power. The image of a lamb being led to the slaughter often comes to mind; that image is reinforced today with the words of the prophet Isaiah: “The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by insults”.

As you know there are so many insults flying around today. And people, ourselves included, are so edgy and sensitive – that we retaliate to the slightest insult or sarcastic remark. There is so much bickering, even within our own homes and communities. Surely, this is not the unity that Jesus prayed for – and it is very far from the peace and reconciliation that he died for.

During this Holy Week let us pray that we may experience God’s help and strength, especially when we feel unjustly treated by others. Let us also ask God to keep us calm so that we do not retaliate in anger. We pray that our own words will be life-giving to others, words that build people up, words that promote peace and reconciliation especially in my own family.

The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by insults… Guided by this truth and following the example of Jesus, let us strive to live for the peace and harmony that he prayed for.

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