Isaiah 50:4-9a ● Matthew 26:14-25
The Master, GOD , opened my ears,
and I didn’t go back to sleep,
didn’t pull the covers back over my head.
I followed orders,
stood there and took it while they beat me,
held steady while they pulled out my beard,
Didn’t dodge their insults, faced them as they spit in my face.
And the Master, GOD , stays right there and helps me,
so I’m not disgraced.
Therefore I set my face like flint,
confident that I’ll never regret this.
My champion is right here. Let’s take our stand together!
Who dares bring suit against me? Let him try!
Look! the Master, GOD , is right here.
Who would dare call me guilty?
To be God’s servant, we are called to listen attentively, to stay awake, and to “take orders” faithfully, trusting that God has a greater plan than what we can see. As Christians, we know that suffering is inevitable, but that God stands right there with us in the midst of it.
Listen closely today for how you are called to take a stand against evil even though it might entail suffering. Ask for the courage to “follow God’s orders.”
Reprinted with permission. For more information about this booklet and Bible translation, please see TheMessageCatholic.com.