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Liturgical day: Saturday 15th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 12,14-21): The Pharisees went out and made plans to get rid of Jesus. As Jesus was aware of the plot, He went away from that place. Many people followed him and He cured all who were sick. The Pharisees went out and made plans to get rid of Jesus. As Jesus was aware of the plot, He went away from that place. Many people followed him and He cured all who were sick. Then He gave them strict orders not to make him known. In this way Isaiah's prophecy was fulfilled: «Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, and with whom I am pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him and He will announce my judgment to the nations. He will not argue or shout, nor will his voice be heard in the streets. The bruised reed He will not crush, nor snuff out the smoldering wick. He will persist until justice is made victorious and in him all the nations will put their hope».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we see how Jesus "triumphs" ("many followed him") in the midst of an environment of rejection. The attitude of the Lord is admirable: in spite of the pain and the setbacks, he "healed them all." A paradox? To transform evil into good: that is Redemption. The prophet Isaiah, some 700 years before, prophesied that "he will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break».

- At the supreme hour - on the Cross - we find the same reaction: while some insulted him without stopping, Jesus asked forgiveness for all and "healed" the one who asked for help (do you know who he was?).