The Gospel today is the Passion Narrative John 18:1-- 19:1-42 (Slowly read this Narrative of the Passion of our Lord)
The Lectio today will be a brief look at the first reading, which prefaces this Gospel account
Isaiah 52:13- 53:1-12
"See, My servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high abd greatly exhalted. Even as many were amazed at him-so marred was his look beyond human semblance and his appearance beyond that of the sons of the man-so shall he startle many nations, because of him kings shall stand speechless for those who have not been told shall see, those who have not heard shall ponder it. Who would believe what we have heard? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up like a sapling before him, like a shoot from the parched earth, there was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him, nor appearance that would attract us to him. He was spurned and avoided by people, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, one of those from whom people hide their faces, spurned and we held him in no esteem.
Yet it was our infirmities that he bore our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way, but the Lord laid upon him the guilt of us all.
Though he was harshly treated, he submitted and opened not his mouth, like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before its shearers, he was silent and opened not his mouth. Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away and who would have thought any more of his destiny? When he was cut off from the land of the living, and smitten for the sin of his people, a grave was assigned him among the wicked and a burial place with evildoers, though he had done no wrong nor spoken any falsehood. But the Lord was pleased to crush him in infirmity.
If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the Lord shall be accomplished through him. Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear. Therefore I will give him his portion among the great, and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty, because he surrendered himself to death, and was counted among the wicked, and he shall take away the sins of many and win pardon for their offenses. The Word of the Lord
+Come Holy Spirit- Amen+
In the Gospel Narrative today from John, it is very important to slowly enter into this entire account of the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. In this Lectio, we will simply look at a WORD, the WORD made flesh you dwelt among us, he was with us in our human lot in everything but sin. This first reading draws me to the FACE of JESUS. Let us look upon this Holy Face- from the Shroud of Turin. As you read the first reading, gaze upon his face- the image IS the LECTIO today.
Prayer: Let your Face shine upon your servant, save me in your kindness take courage and be stouthearted all you who hope in the Lord