Gospel: Mt 12:14-21
Then the Pharisees went out, and made plans to get rid of Jesus. As Jesus was aware of their plans, he left that place. Many people followed him, and he cured all who were sick. But 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 until he brings justice to victory, and in him, all the nations will put their hope.
Here is my servant, whom I have chosen; the one I love, and with whom I am pleased Jesus cures the sick but instructs them not to make him known to others as their healer. Doing so would fan their expectations in him as the longed-for messiah. Indeed, Jesus is the messiah but not according to their expectations; that is, the military ruler who would crush their enemies. On the contrary, Jesus does not respond to the violence of the Roman Empire with violence. Jesus, the Prince of Peace and Justice, exemplifies to us that the renewal of the world will not come about through a violent overhaul but through the way of peace, truth and love.
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