Wednesday 8 April 2020
Isaiah 50:4-9. Lord, in your great love, answer me – Psalm 68(69):8-1-, 21-22, 31, 33-34. Matthew 26:14-25.
‘The son of Man is going to his fate, as the scriptures say he will’
The beautiful reading from Isaiah alerts us to the suffering that we contemplate until the Saturday Vigil. The Suffering Servant is a powerful image that Christians link to Jesus’ sufferings because of the dignity and trust displayed. The Gospel describes the beginning of that suffering and it was so beautifully imaged by da Vinci in his painting of the Last Supper. On Jesus’ right is the beloved disciple and on his right is Judas. Judas is just about to put his hand in the dish and Jesus is about to do the same. We hear in Matthew’s Gospel the dialogue between them. Judas feels that he has to stop this man, his teacher, from doing what he has set out to do. Jesus’ face is set ‘like flint’, immovable from the path that is his Father’s will. He suffers greatly when praying in Gethsemane but remains true to his Father’s will. Can we do the same?