Daily Lenten Reflection—Justice to the Nations

daily-reflection-featured-w740x493Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.” (Isaiah 42:1-4)


This passage from Isaiah is the first of the four Servant Songs. Christians see these passages as pointing ultimately to Jesus the Messiah, who comes in all humility and faithfulness to bring justice to the nations. He comes to restore light where there is darkness and sight to the blind. He comes to set free the captives and mediate a new covenant. He has come to call and rescue you.

This humble servant, Jesus, began his final walk to the Cross for us on Palm Sunday of that first Holy Week. We can spend our own final days before Easter meditating on the life of Christ during Holy Week.  Msgr. Charles Pope of the Washington D.C. Archdiocese offers a helpful timeline of Jesus’ final days leading to Easter Sunday at http://blog.adw.org/2016/03/holy-week-guide-walk-with-the-lord-each-day-of-this-holy-week/.

Remember, you are dust, and to dust you will return. Repent and believe in the Gospel.

Editor’s Note: Join us each weekday morning during Lent for Daily Lenten Reflections.

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