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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Saturday of the Fifteenth Week 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 (…). 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 (…). In him all the nations will put their hope».

Jesus, "God’s Servant"

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, the evangelist drives our attention to another "title" that portrays Jesus’ attitude: "God’s Servant". In the Old Testament, and together with the hope of salvation, the perspective of the "Servant of God", who suffers for everyone, of a Messiah that redeems us through despise and suffering, excels prophetically.

To serve is Jesus’ true way to rule and it let us guess to a certain extent how God is Lord of all: in His passion and death, Jesus Christ’s life appears as "living for others". Jesus Christ washed the Apostles’ feet: in this gesture of meekness —where the wholeness of His service is synthesized— the Lord appears before us as He Who has become a servant for us, who takes upon Him our burden and thus, gives us the true purity and the capacity of getting closer to God.

—O Jesus, through your mortification and humiliation beneath the Cross, I discover the glory (the greatness) of God.