The first reading of Mass comes from the prophet Isaiah. The passage comes from the so-called Third Song of the servant. In it we hear the suffering servant speak grateful for the faithfulness of the Lord, and his gifts, even as he suffers for his own faithfulness to the Lord.
The Lord has given me a disciple’s tongue.
So that I may know how to reply to the wearied he provides me with speech.
Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple.
The Lord has opened my ear.
For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away.
I offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who tore at my beard; I did not cover my face against insult and spittle.
The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults.
So, too, I set my face like flint; I know I shall not be shamed.
- What has discipleship cost you?
- What help have you received from the Lord to serve him and be faithful?
- Where have you fallen short? How might you bring that falling short to the Lord for healing and mercy?
- What have you learnt from your experience of being a disciple? About the Lord? About yourself?
Crucifix and holy pictures in abandoned dwelling, Victoria, Gozo. (c) 2009, Allen Morris.