"What is written about Me is coming to fulfillment,"
Jesus says in today's Gospel (see Luke 22:37). Indeed, we
have reached the climax of the liturgical year, the highest
peak of salvation history, when all that has been anticipated
and promised is to be fulfilled.
By the close of today's long Gospel, the work of our redemption
will have been accomplished, the new covenant will be written
in the blood of His broken body hanging on the cross at the
place called the Skull.
In His Passion, Jesus is "counted among the wicked,"
as Isaiah had foretold (see Isaiah 53:12). He is revealed
definitively as the Suffering Servant the prophet announced,
the long-awaited Messiah whose words of obedience and faith
ring out in today's First Reading and Psalm.
The taunts and torments we hear in these two readings punctuate
the Gospel as Jesus is beaten and mocked (see Luke 22:63-65;
23:10-11, 16), as His hands and feet are pierced (see Luke
23:33), as enemies gamble for His clothes (see Luke 23:34),
and as three times they dare Him to prove His divinity by
saving Himself from suffering (see Luke 23:35, 37, 39).
He remains faithful to God's will to the end, does not turn
back in His trial. He gives Himself freely to His torturers,
confident that, as He speaks in today's First Reading: "The
Lord God is My help . . . I shall not be put to shame."
Destined to sin and death as children of Adam's disobedience,
we have been set free for holiness and life by Christ's perfect
obedience to the Father's will (see Romans 5:12-14, 17-19;
Ephesians 2:2; 5:6).This is why God greatly exalted Him. This
is why we have salvation in His Name. Following His example
of humble obedience in the trials and crosses of our lives,
we know we will never be forsaken, that one day we too will
be with Him in Paradise (see Luke 23:42). Seeing and Believing.