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Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 12:14-21): The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many people followed him, and he cured them all. The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many people followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will 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?).