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First Reading for the Monday of Holy Week

Isaiah 42:1-7

Summary: God celebrates His servant, filled with His Spirit, to bring justice globally with gentleness and without fanfare. Appointed as a beacon for nations, he'll liberate captives and enlighten the blind, fulfilling God's righteous mission.

The Servant of Justice

Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my Spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street.

A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching.

Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spreads out the earth with its crops, who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk on it: I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

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