Visio Divina for 4/05/11 – “Suffering Servant” – Day 4 (Praying)


Pray to God, allowing for the transformation of your being and feelings. Give to God what you have found in your heart.



Lord God,

From nearly the beginning of time, the world has been full of those who suffered innocently. This is such a large part of our reality that you yourself entered into this injustice when you were tried, found guilty, and crucified. Maker of all things good, you ordained that some goodness would come even from the depth of such human malice and evil.

We are so quick to place blame, Lord. When we see one whose lot is worse than our own, we justify their condition by pointing to their lifestyle, their character, or their sins. Yet we are quick to ignore our own sin in ignoring their needs. When we see the systemic injustices of our society, we point to politicians and faceless business leaders, yet we do not bother to consider how our own life contributes to that system. And when you are crucified by sinful humanity, yet somehow (mysteriously) bring good out of that evil, we condemn you for operating an unjust system of atonement.

Lord, help us to see the need in our neighbor’s eyes, and do not let us ignore the hungry child. As we enter into the story of your death and resurrection, rather than ascribing blame to you or others, help us to appreciate the beauty you brought forth out of the greed, fear, and malice that killed you.


© Suffering Servant, Donald Jackson, 2005. The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, © 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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