Sunday, April 5, 202
The Suffering Servant
The servant song from the prophet Isaiah, depicts a servant-disciple, a prophet and more. This disciple
begins his day listening to God’s word: he stays close to God, sharing the heart of God. Because he is a
servant of the Lord, the rest of his day is spent speaking God’s word to the weary, giving hope to those
who walk in the shadow of death. We live in a time when these words are needed more than ever.
Isaiah’s servant submits to a faithful life, accepting the struggles without complaint.
Paul amplifies the understanding of the servant in Jesus. Today, a hymn found in Paul’s second letter to
the Philippians. The hymn depicts Jesus, as a servant who empties himself. This is an image of the self-
emptying God for whom no sacrifice is too great on behalf of his beloved people. Jesus, the son of God,
shows us the love that flows from the heart of God.
I believe these words have much meaning for us today. I encourage you to allow Isaiah and Paul to help
us interpret Jesus’ passion. See Jesus as the expression of God’s unfailing love, a love rejected or
unnoticed but never overcome.
During this unprecedented time, open yourself to the movement of God’s grace.
Perhaps these words from Pope Francis will help – “Christ’s cross embraced with love never leads to
sadness, but to joy, the joy of having been saved and of doing a little of what He did on the day of His
death. He is a king who loves even to the cross and who teaches us to serve and to love.”
I remember you each day in my prayer. I ask you to remember me.
Let’s join together in asking Our Blessed Mother’s help – for those infected with the Coronavirus; for
health care workers and their families; for loved ones who are unable to see their loved ones due to the
restrictions in health care facilities; for those who struggle to pay their bills; for the unemployed; for
teachers and students; for those who provide food for the hungry and shelter for the homeless; for your
own special prayers… We pray. Our Lady of Lourdes intercede for us!
There will be no palms blessed or distributed this year. During Holy Week the church will be open for
private prayer: Monday – Friday from 8 am to 2:30 pm. It will be open on Easter Sunday from 8 am to
2:30 pm. The church will not be open on Holy Saturday. Thank you for following the social distancing
norms and the limit of no more than 10 people in church at one time. These self-sacrifices are acts of
love which will assure our well-being.