Categories: HomiliesPublished On: July 16th, 2022Tags: , 277 words8.4 min read
A Servant of the Lord

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A Servant of the Lord

Matthew cites more Old Testament passages than the other gospel writers do. His audience is the Jewish people. They would have studied the Torah and had several passages memorized.

The passage used today is known as the Servant of the Lord passage. It is used to show that the Jewish leaders were primarily concerned about the letter of the law, not the humanity or the needs of people.

Jesus is the Servant that will not bruise a bent reed. His gentleness and concern for His people is based on love of neighbor. Justice without love and forgiveness is no longer justice. Jesus gives us the beatitudes to balance the law.

Basic human needs must be considered in every situation. Jesus does not announce who He is but quietly and gently people come to believe in Him. He does not need public discussion. His enemies would probably not have engaged in civil discussions but would have personally attacked Jesus.

Drawing attention to Himself currently is not in His mission. The day will come. This is good advice for all of us.

When confronted or attacked, do you need to respond immediately? Is there a place where you can withdraw, reflect on what has happened, and seek God in prayer? Think of the last time you had an argument with someone. Were you pleased with the outcome? Could you have taken time to think it through?

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen