The Lamb gave his blood for our freedom. This Servant of the Lord is not a helpless victim, but God at work among us with power.
The Lamb of God
These titles are so familiar to us that we forget their stark implications. The Servant will suffer at the hands of the powerful because of his fidelity to the Father. The ‘Lamb’ refers to the Passover Lamb, which had to be killed so the people might live and go from slavery to freedom. These titles remind us that God is totally committed to us, that his gift is one of incredible value, that something profoundly better is being offered to all Creation.
What does it mean to be sanctified by Christ Jesus and called to be saints? What is all this ‘power’ that is ours as the Church? What does all this mean for us? There is only one way to find out. We are to pay attention, so we may be able to see Jesus in our midst, to discover what he is doing in our lives and come to understand in our hearts how his teaching is the way to life.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Today begins the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an observance which was begun some one hundred years ago as the ‘Church of Unity Octave’ by an American priest. This is an international observance, as mainline Churches have recognized that we all bear some responsibility for the divisions among Christians. We are to be united in Christ, one in his Spirit, but what the world sees is fragmentation and disharmony. Overcoming the disunity while remaining true to our faith is a tremendous challenge, so we need to pray that God will give us the wisdom and grace to properly overcome these divisions, which are a scandal to the Gospel and an outrage against Jesus Christ, who prayed “that all may be one.”(Jn17:21)
May the Lord Jesus Christ show us how to welcome the liberating power of his Spirit.