ReflectionThe words of Isaiah announce to the people of God the joy-filled news of God’s love for them. God promises to show His glory through His people Israel. Isaiah rejoices in being the servant of God who will raise up the tribes of Jacob and restore the survivors of Israel to their Father.
The psalm calls us to sing of God’s salvation. There is great joy in understanding God as our refuge, our justice, our strength, our rescuer. It proclaims the wondrous deeds of our God.
The words in Isaiah are fulfilled in the Gospel of John as Jesus reclines at table with His apostles at the last supper. Jesus’ heart is clearly troubled as He faces the betrayal of one of His own. As Jesus indicates His betrayer and Satan enters Judas, events begin to unfold. In the midst of this, Jesus says to the men still at the table, “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in Him.” From the tragedy to come on Good Friday, God’s promise to His people is fulfilled. Our salvation is secured.
As we try to walk with You, Jesus, through the days that lead to Your crucifixion, remind us, Lord, of our constant need for Your saving work, Your undying love and the glory of the Father, the Son and the Spirit that is shared with us in the salvation You bring to us.
Stephanie Noakes, ’80, M’09, Office of Admission
First Reading: Isaiah 49:1-6
Psalm 71:1-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15, 17
Gospel: John 13:21-33, 36-38
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website