When my kids got in arguments, they often would get louder and louder, as if volume would win the day. We adults are known to do this too. There is a lot of shouting these days on our screens and in our streets. Much sound and fury is all about us, but not much conversion of hearts.
The Baptism of the Lord, the start of the public ministry of Jesus, is striking: The Church wants us to reflect on Isaiah’s description of the “Servant of the Lord.” This foreshadows the Messiah. He is not a shouter or a showman. Isaiah’s servant does not talk about power and glory. He describes the servant’s quiet gentleness, one who does not break the bruised reed or quench the smoldering wick, who “establishes justice on the earth” (verse 4).
Today we reflect on the loving kindness of our Messiah, in whom his Father was “well pleased.”
Lord, help me to remember that winning a soul, not winning the argument, is what we are called to do.
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