The Isaiah reading begins with the gifts of calming speech and attentive listening so that the needs of the weary can be met. It then unpacks the violence of being spat upon, torn, and insulted. Does the one necessarily follow from the other? By being good, do you always encounter evil? That is certainly what happened to Jesus. His story of the liberation of the oppressed sees him confined, tortured, and destroyed.
- I will spend some time today with the Passion story and walk with Jesus through that narrative.
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