The Lord has been pleased to crush his servant with suffering.
If he offers his life in atonement,
he shall see his heirs, he shall have a long life
and through him what the Lord wishes will be done.
His soul’s anguish over,
he shall see the light and be content.
By his sufferings shall my servant justify many,
taking their faults on himself.
First reading for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The good life is often hard and can seen to choke life from us.
Yet the good life, through God’s grace leads us to eternal life and light, healing and wholeness.
These blessings are not what justifies the good life – love alone does that. But these blessings are real and surely welcome: love rewards love!
Carving, Exhibition of Funerary Art, Alexander Nevsky Monastery, St Petersburg, Russia. (c) 2015, Allen Morris