In the Reading for Monday of Holy Week, Isaiah speaks about the Suffering Servant.  “A bruised reed 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 teaching” (Isaiah 42: 3).  Jesus is the Suffering Servant about whom Isaiah prophesied.  In the Passion stories, Jesus does not retaliate against his accusers, judges, and executioners.  He does not use violence in response to violence.  He responds with mercy and forgiveness.  In the face of suffering and death, Jesus surrenders to the will of God.  When things go wrong, I want to charge in.  I want to “break some reeds” and “knock some heads”.  I want to be right with my young adult sons, an alienated sibling, my spouse and others whom I perceive as doing me wrong,  Jesus shows me another way.  Jesus models reliance on God.  It is hard for me to patiently wait for God to heal these relationships.  I pray for the grace to surrender to God’s will.  How does God help you respond with mercy to those who have hurt you?

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