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dc.contributor.authorHamm, Dennis, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 259en_US
dc.description.abstractWhat, really, are we watching as we follow these readings during Holy Week? vI think we are watching two realities play out-the human capacity for evil, and the divine capacity for continuing to love, in the face of that human evil.|Today the human evil shows up in what the Suffering Servant endures in Isaiah's portrait-the beating, the beard-plucking mockery, the spitting, and the shaming. Then the psalmist speaks of being an outcast to brothers, of insults, of blasphemies, of abandonment, and of teasing a person's hunger and thirst. And then there is the betrayal by one of the Twelve, Judas. I don't think I'm supposed to contemplate these things as a spectator. The Holy Spirit invites me to allow that I have at least been party to the infliction of the pain and mockery and abandonment of others. What's being described is very constant human stuff.|But then, in the same readings, there is that theme of God's love, and the love of Jesus' human heart embodying that love, persisting in the midst of that evil. That love shows when Isaiah tells of the Servant speaking to the weary, absorbing the suffering openly, and trusting in the Father's presence in the midst of the hostility. It shows in the psalmist's confidence that, despite appearances to the contrary, the Lord hears the cry of the poor. It comes through in Jesus' readiness to face the consequences of a friend's betrayal.|The Gospel writers, St. Paul, and St. Ignatius all agree that I am to take all this personally. I am to own the evil human part. That's the bad news. But the good news is that Jesus absorbs all this mockery, abandonment, and betrayal for me. "This is my body given for you." That is addressed to each of us-you and me-here and now. We meditate on the Passion of Jesus because Jesus is showing what God's love is like, not just then but now, right in the face of the evil we experience and do.|Praise God.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherHoly Week - Wednesdayen_US
dc.titleReflection for April 16, 2003: Wednesday of Holy Week.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorHamm, M. Dennis, S.J.en_US Weeken_US 6en_US
dc.subject.local1Isaiah 50:4-9aen_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 26:14-25en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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