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Good Friday - The Suffering Servant

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordApril 2, 2021
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Our readings today are Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12;  Psalm 31;  Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9;  John 18:1- 19:42

Over 25 years ago I had my first experience of dining in a very fine restaurant.  Now besides the price of the items on the menu, my biggest challenge was not to gulp down my food, for I have always been a notoriously fast eater.  

I remember that when our dinners were brought to the table, I thought, "That's it?", as I was rather dismayed by the small amount of food.  One of the persons I was dining with, who saw the look on my face, said to me, "Michael, this food is going to be a taste delight.  So you want to make the most of every morsel.  With every bite, chew slowly, and savour the flavours that will come alive in your mouth".  His advice was perfect.  I did what I was told, and how I enjoyed that meal. 

Today's 1st reading is the 4th of the Servant Songs of Isaiah (see my reflection for March 29th Nativity of Our Lord (myparish.org) for more about them) is a passage of sacred scripture that needs to be slowly read and savoured.  The images that are shared in this passage, the prophecies of this great Suffering Servant of the Lord who would come (and did come, in the person of Jesus Christ) are beyond mere words of praise.  

This passage, my friends, is one of the real treasures of the liturgy of Good Friday.  Read it, pray with it, savour it.  For this is food for the soul, as we continue to journey with Jesus in his Passion, Death and Resurrection.