15 When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, 16and he ordered them not to make him known. 17This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18 “Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,
my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
19 He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
20 He will not break a bruised reed
or quench a smouldering wick
until he brings justice to victory.
21 And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”
God, I long to hear you call me beloved. I long to know that my words and actions are pleasing to you, and yet, I get so wrapped up in the judgments of the world around me, working for adoration and recognition where it is fleeting. Help me to live like Jesus, to serve like Jesus, and more and more each day, to love like Jesus. Let me, too, be a beacon of hope to anyone who feels outside your promise. Amen.
Written by Rev. Michelle Scott-Huffman (she/her), Campus Minister
Ekklesia at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.
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