Reading: Isaiah 42:1-2
The first reading begins: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, Upon whom I have put my Spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, Not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street (Isaiah 42:1-2).
Think for a moment how we as servants of God are so blessed (upheld). What mercy He pours upon us. He has chosen to give us the grace to do His will and is so pleased when we cooperate with Him. And what a gift: God gives His Spirit – His very life – so that we may try to give to Him what we owe Him.
Of course, we can never repay God for all that He has given to us. Fortunately we are not asked to; rather, we are asked to learn from and imitate the one true Servant, our Lord Jesus Christ, who repaid our debt for us. So today, out of love for and in imitation of Him, consider giving from your own storehouse of the “little way;” the small kindnesses, the often unnoticed gifts that we make of ourselves to others. Not crying out, not shouting, not drawing attention to ourselves but emptying ourselves in imitation of Christ, who by His Cross and Resurrection has taught us what a powerful, life-giving gift the merciful love of God truly is, and what a blessing it is to the world when we love as God loves.