The reading from Isaiah gives us the first of the Songs of the Suffering Servant. It portrays the Messiah as a man of gentleness who never shouts or makes his voice heard in the streets.
He is a teacher exhibiting patience with a student whose poor hand writing is the bruised reed for writing, whose smoldering wick is the child’s just managing to read.
Yesterday’s Gospel showed us this Savior whose concern for others made him forgetful of his own pain. He told the women of Jerusalem to weep for themselves and their children, rather than for him. In his own death throws his heart could still go out to the thief dying at his side.