1 The people reply,
“Who would have believed what we now report?
Who could have seen the Lord's hand in this?
2It was the will of the Lord that his servant
grow like a plant taking root in dry ground.
He had no dignity or beauty
to make us take notice of him.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing that would draw us to him.
3We despised him and rejected him;
he endured suffering and pain.
No one would even look at him—
we ignored him as if he were nothing.
Reflections: As Christian readers, we can see in the book of Isaiah a whole lot of ‘signposts’ that point us to Jesus Christ. Though the prophet may not have understood these words as referring to Christ (1 Peter 1:10-12), the New Testament writers see connections between his words and Jesus. Isaiah speaks of a servant who is a ‘man of sorrows’. As Christian readers it is almost impossible to read these words and not immediately think of Jesus. The gospel of John tells us that his own community did not believe but rejected Jesus (12:38). We
tend to sacramental these words of Isaiah so that they only can refer to Christ. But they were meaningful for Isaiah’s time and ours. In following Christ we can risk rejection and sorrow. But in this suffering we can find meaning and joy.
Question: Have you ever experienced grief and sorrow for our faith?
Prayer: Lord, help us to be faithful to you even if it means rejection and grief.
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