Monday of Holy Week: Isaiah 42:1-9 – A light to the nations to open the eyes that are blind

During Holy Week, Readings and Meditations will be posted up to four times a day around  6 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm

Isaiah 42:1-9

1   Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2   He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
3   a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4   He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

5   Thus says God, the LORD,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
6   I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations,
7        to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
8   I am the LORD, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols.
9   See, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth,
I tell you of them.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Embrace the breath and spirit of God.
  • Remember how Jesus opens the eyes of the blind.
  • During this Lenten season, how has Jesus opened your eyes?
  • Remember how Jesus set prisoners free.
  • During this Lenten season, how has Jesus set you free?
  • In Christ Jesus, the former things will pass.  New things are declared.
  • What former things will you let go?
  • What new things will you hear and embrace?
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Monday, April 10, 2017, the Monday of Holy Week (Year A)

Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 36:5-11
Hebrews 9:11-15
John 12:1-11


If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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About Lil Smith

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 26 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?
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