29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the media, it is common to find advertising about leadership courses, in which participants are offered the opportunity to develop competencies and skills that allow them to be successful in business, social acceptance, and make the right decisions.
The prophet Isaiah presents us with some of the qualities of the Servant of the Lord, who radically reconsiders the expectations of power and glory that had been created around the figure of the Savior of Israel
The people of Israel were well aware of having been chosen by God and felt they had a promise of salvation. A Messiah would come, from the line of David, who would change history, not only of Israel but of all humanity. Little by little a triumphalist vision of what the future would be like was consolidating in the community of Israel, and they hoped that he would restore the old glories of the temples of David and Solomon.
But God’s plan was very different. Thus, the figure of the Servant of God emerges who, through suffering, will transform the spiritual history of humanity: “With his sufferings my servant will justify many, bearing their crimes.” This figure of the Servant is heartbreaking and produces diverse feelings. This is why Jesus’ disciples were overwhelmed when He referred to the death that awaited Him in Jerusalem. They could not understand why that wonderful man who had restored the life and health of many people, could be the victim of violence and injustice.
The biblical passage of the Servant of God shows that this character, who presents himself as a failure in the eyes of the world, is an essential protagonist so that the sins of all can be forgiven… That is why God the Father wanted his Son to experience the transit of death to life, that is, Easter so that we could all access divine life and be joint-heirs of the Kingdom.
The second reading to the Hebrews says: we have a great high priest. The interesting thing about this image from Judaism is to underline how Jesus is not only the one who offers the sacrifice, but He himself is the offering that is offered for the sins of humanity. This total commitment of Jesus is expressed in many ways in the New Testament: he is the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep; there is no greater proof of love than to lay down one’s life for friends.
And in the gospel, the leadership that Jesus proposes to his followers is through service: “Whoever wants to be great among you, let him be your servant; and whoever wants to be the first, let him be the slave of all, just as the Son of man has not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life for the redemption of all”.
A blessed week to all, Fr. Fidel