Wednesday 8th April 2020
Wednesday of Holy Week
Isaiah 50:4-9, Matthew 26:14-25
Today is the last day of the Holy week before we enter a more intense and immediate period of the passion of Christ, with its peak on Friday and then the glorious celebration of Easter. After today, we are called to be very attentive and much involved in reflecting on the mystery of our salvation we celebrate. It is a very difficult thing to be quiet when people ridicule you and say all kinds of things against you. For one to be silent even in the midst of your adversaries is a virtue.
In the first reading of today, the prophet Isaiah describes the suffering servant as one who is quiet in the midst of insults and ridicule.
The person Isaiah describes in the first reading of today is Jesus who we see in the gospel reading. He is the suffering servant who did not do anything to defend himself. He was accused falsely, insulted and beaten, but he did not utter any word in return. This is a mark of one who is focused and knows what he is aiming at. Those who want to succeed do not waste time on derogatory statements and insults. Even as Jesus knew that Judas was about to betray him, he did not waste his time confronting him, but just made reference to it, to make Judas know that he is aware of his intentions. May we have the grace to be silent when needed. Amen. God help us.
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP