Monday of Holy Week - A Reflection
by Sr. Mary Lou Schmersal
Today’s scripture identifies Jesus as the Suffering Servant: “...my chosen one with whom I am well pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. A bruised read he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his coming.”
Through the power of the Spirit I am called to serve in gentle, persistent, compassionate ways. This is often in unobtrusive but steady ways. Daily living gives me opportunities to imitate Jesus the Suffering Servant as I work for justice, reach out to my neighbors, suffer with those in pain, encourage and support those who struggle.
What opportunities do I notice around me that offer the chance to make a difference?
What attitudes do I bring to efforts for justice?
What prejudices lie in my heart? How do these affect my actions?
PRAYER: Faithful God, Servant of Justice, open my eyes and heart to build up the broken, enliven the downtrodden, to bring peace to those heavily burdened. Amen.