Second Isaiah’s four Songs of the Servant have an important place in Christian theology and worship. The First Reading today proclaims a spirit of hope.
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
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.
He will not cry or lift up his voice,
Or make it heard in the street;
A bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.
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,
to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.