Monday of Holy Week
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Catherine of Genoa
Readings for today’s Mass
Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, Doesn't the voice in Jesus' baptism narratives and the transfiguration say something very similar? Upon whom I have put my Spirit; this you will find in Luke's account of the nativity. He shall bring forth justice to the nations, Not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. Matthew's gospel quotes this directly from Isaiah.
The prophet doesn't tell us who the servant is, but he does declare a mission: I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of justice, Justice then was something quite different from our understanding. For us, justice isn't about making things right, rather it's about retribution, a vengeful response. It's seeking revenge and is often punitive in nature. What the Lord reveals to Isaiah is very different: The Lord has set his servant as a light for the nations, To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness. This is what we hear from Jesus and see him doing throughout his ministry. Did Isaiah get it right or what?
That is what we celebrate this week - the ushering in of justice that makes things right between us and God, between each other. Jewish leadership was not interested in Jesus justice. They needed punition. Rather than setting things right, they were making an example of Jesus.
How does the justice of the Lord square with your own sense of justice? How about that of the Pharisees? What does justice look like to you? Does it enable you to be a servant of the Lord in whom the Lord is pleased? Spend some time with that this week before you come to Holy Thursday Mass.