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dc.contributor.authorPedersen, Cathy Weissen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 257en_US
dc.description.abstract"Here is my servant ... (who) shall bring forth justice to the nations." Isaiah||Today's reading from Isaiah is especially poignant at this time.|Who is God's servant who shall bring forth justice to the nations? Is Isaiah speaking of himself and/or the people of Israel? Are we to interpret this passage from a Christian perspective, thus explaining the passage as heralding the Christ? Or can we/do we each read the passage and pray that it might be a call to each of us individually and/or collectively to bring God's justice to the nations of our time?|There seems to be much talk of bringing justice into the world...the anti-war protestors raise the question of whether or not the present war with Iraq is a just war; supporters of the war with Iraq view it as a just act in waging war to liberate the Iraqi people. Who is right or wrong?|And what is this justice which shall be brought to the nations? Is it fairness? validity? impartiality? evenhandedness? honesty? integrity? These are some synonyms for justice. Who determines whether the justice of the nations being sought is truly of God?|Isaiah includes some criteria for the servant of God... "Not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. A bruised reed he shall not break and a smoldering wick he shall not quench." Such a person does not push his/her own agenda, but rather seeks God's lead. "I formed you, and set you as a covenant (pledge) of the people, a light for the nations, open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and those in dungeons out of the darkness."|Again, people from both sides of the war issue insist that they want what is just...but who witnesses to Isaiah's words? Of course, it may be too difficult to decipher the present...(or at least too difficult to listen to one another to see if there is a way to work for justice together.)|We do know that Jesus was called to be God's be God's presence among the people. But did the people recognize Jesus' call? In today's gospel those who dined in Bethany with Lazarus, Martha and Mary recognized Jesus as God's presence. Many people came to the house to see Lazarus whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Mary anointed Jesus' feet with costly, perfumed oil. Jesus stopped Judas' rebuke of Mary's action, saying, "...You will always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."|I wonder if we do have God's spirit/Jesus in our midst today. Have we lost our sense of God's servant-Jesus, who was to bring forth justice in the nations? How shall we find the true spirit of God's servant in our world today?|Perhaps as we journey through Holy Week, we can pray today's psalm, "God, you are my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?...I believe that I shall see the goodness of Yahweh in the land of the living! Wait for Yahweh; be strong, and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for God!"|Can I/we take time to wait for realize that we have lost our sense of God's presence in our midst? Perhaps if we stop trying to be self-righteous, regardless of how we understand the war, and really turn to God in our midst, we may regain a sense of God's presence, and the real spirit of Jesus in our midst.|My prayer during Holy Week is that we will take courage...yes, we will wait for God in our midst. And may we truly be servants of God - working with the world community and the people of Iraq to bring God's true sense of justice to the nations - to God's creation.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherHoly Week - Mondayen_US
dc.titleReflection for April 14, 2003: Monday of Holy Week.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitVP for University Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitCampus Ministryen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorPedersen, Catherine W.en_US Weeken_US 6en_US
dc.subject.local1Isaiah 42:1-7en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14en_US
dc.subject.local4John 12:1-11en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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