Written by: Peter Nguyen, UF Student
In the first reading today, we hear the prophet Isaiah say, “If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the Lord shall be accomplished through him” (Is 53:10). Now, this seems fairly direct, as Isaiah is calling the Israelites to offer up their lives in order that they may fully follow God’s will. This, after all, is a calling that is ever-present in our Christian lives. But underneath the surface of this proclamation, Isaiah prefaces the coming of Christ, the High Priest, begotten by the Father, who came down from heaven in order to offer His life for us men and our salvation.
St. Paul further addresses the nature of the Son in his letter to the Hebrews, as he calls us to “approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help” (Heb 4:16), for Christ sympathizes with our weaknesses. The Lamb of God fully revealed the words stated by Isaiah; He offered his life for our sins and the sins of the world through His crucifixion, fully embracing the Father’s will. And in this action, His descendants have encompassed the earth over the last 2000 years of history.
With this, we should never be afraid to turn to God, as he has endured the trials of the world and overcome death. Christ loved us enough to become man and experience these temptations, so that He may sympathize with our struggles and bear our crosses for us. “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many” (Mk 10:45). May we become the servant of all and let go of our own wills, in order that we may fulfill the will of the Lord.