Reflection: Who Is Your Messiah
Today's reflection compliments of Pat Carosello.
Mathew's gospel talks of how the Pharisees had decided to put Jesus to death. When Jesus realized this he withdrew to a more deserted place where he continued to heal the sick. This fulfilled one of the prophecies of Isaiah. Isaiah wrote what was known as "The Songs of the Suffering Servant." In these songs and poems Isaiah presents the messiah as one sent by God who would suffer injustice for others, be rejected and ultimately justified and exalted. His mission was to bring justice and salvation to everyone including the gentiles.
This image of the messiah was not what the Jewish people were expecting. They were looking for a warrior, a leader, a king who would free them from their oppressors and make them prosperous. They were not looking for a "Suffering Servant" who would retreat This is not the messiah prophesied by Isiah. He was gentle of heart and would redeem everyone by the suffering and blood of his cross.
Do we sometimes fall into the same trap as the early Jews did on what the messiah was all about. Do we look to Jesus as someone who will make our life easy and bring us comfort and prosperity? Do we have a long list of things we think God should do? Are our prayers coming from God's will or what we want God's will to be? God's thoughts and ways are way above ours. By humbling ourselves, giving up all ideas that don't flow from God and focusing on the real messiah the Suffering Servant we can move towards being guided by Jesus and his mission for salvation.
Peace and blessings,
on Saturday, July 17 at 12:00AM