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.
First reading for Palm Sunday
The ‘Suffering servant’ of Isaiah prefigures the Christ.
Both are single-minded in their service of the people. Both are of one heart in their obedience to the Lord.
- What occupies your mind?
- What directs your heart?
Detail from Sarcophagus Altar, St Trophime, Arles. (c) 2014, Allen Morris