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Today’s Readings – Monday in Holy Week - First Reading

Commentary on Isaiah 42:1-7

"The Suffering Servant represents the finest qualities of Israel and her great leaders. In [today’s] song he is a ‘chosen one’ like Moses, David, and all Israel. As the Servant, he fulfils the role of Davidic king and prophet."

Today we have the first of four songs of the servant of Yahweh from Isaiah. It is a beautiful description of a mysterious servant of God which the Church has long realised applies so aptly to Jesus.

The passage today is taken from the ‘Book of Consolation’, or Second Isaiah (chaps 40-55). It speaks of Israel as a ‘Servant of Yahweh’, chosen, set apart, to act as God’s witness before the nations. But the four ‘Songs of the Servant of Yahweh’ (42:1-9; 49:1-6; 50:4-11; 52: … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Palm Sunday


Isaiah 50:4-7

Philippians 2:6-11

Matthew 26:14-27:66

SOME CELEBRANTS are tempted to drop preaching a homily today because of the length of the Gospel, not to mention the blessing of palms and a procession.  Yet, as this day is the opening of Holy Week, it seems a pit … Continue

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