What are you willing to give me?

Greetings on this the Wednesday of Holy Week
Readings: Is 50:4-9a; PS 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 and 33-34; Mt 26:14-25

Note: In Christ, I love you. Yesterday’s reflection contained the Judas betrayal so I will not go there today.

Servant Salvation

Today’s old testament reading is from the section of Isaiah known as the Salvation Through the Lord’s Servant.

The chapter begins with the direct challenge to the charge that God has abandoned them. This section precedes the reading today.

  • Did I write a bill of divorce?
  • Did I sell you into slavery?
  • Did you not hear me calling out to you?
  • Do you think I cannot ransom you from your slavery to sin?

Moreover… today’s Isaiah portion (1st reading)…

  • I know and answer the weary. This is my Messianic mission.
  • I allow you to beat me and to tear out my beard.
  • I am not disgraced but these disgraceful actions.

Servant Anguish and Distress
Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Here the Lord joins the lament.
He personifies the lament.
The Lord…

  • bears insults, shame, being outcast, no compassion.
  • tolerates gall and vinegar for food and drink.

Never the less…
Zeal for your house consumes me (see John 2:17).
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.

Gospel

What are you willing to give me?

He was offered 30 pieces of silver. The price of a slave.

God offers himself. A slave to love.

Choose well.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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