Monday of Holy Week. For the next few days, our first readings will be from Isaiah, the prophesies of the Servant of the Lord. We’ll talk about today’s reading in a moment. The Gospel reading today is from John 12. Jesus goes to the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Mary anoints his feet with costly perfumed oil. Judas objects, saying “Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor?” Jesus rebukes Judas. “Leave her alone…You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
Today’s prophesy from Isaiah 42 gets right to the heart of Jesus. “A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench.” Have you ever felt like that “bruised reed?” Life has a way of beating us up, doesn’t it? We are all the walking wounded. Jesus knows this. He knows all about your brokenness, your wounds. And He wants to heal them.
If you are that “bruised reed,” know that Jesus will never do anything to hurt you. If you are that “smoldering wick,” if your faith has been tested, even crushed or shattered, go to Jesus. Let Him heal you. Let him fix it. He wants nothing more than to make you whole again.
Father, we thank you for the gentle touch of Jesus. We bring to Him today all of our wounds, that He may heal them. Amen.