Working with the Word
Focusing the Gospel
Key words and phrases from Matthew’s Passion: you will have your faith in me shaken, mine will never be, all the disciples left him and fled, false testimony, Jesus was silent, gave up his spirit
Connecting the Gospel …
… to First Reading: The selection from the third Suffering Servant song in Isaiah poignantly underscores Jesus’ conscious and active choice to remain faithful to his saving mission no matter what the cost: “I have not ... turned back” and “I gave my back to those who beat me.”
… to experience: The more something costs us, the greater the demand on our resources and personal commitment. The cost of our salvation was Jesus’ very life; he did not shy away from the demands or cost or personal commitment. And remains even now so committed to us.
**From Saint Louis University