Thursday, November 19, 2009


He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
yet He opened not His mouth.

And He bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53)

In a discussion of the whole creation eagerly awaiting the Last Day and the undoing of the curse of the fall (Romans 8) Paul talks about how we too yearn for this same freedom from the effects of sin. In our weakness (that is, while we remain on earth in our sinful flesh) the Spirit helps us:

The Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Jesus was stricken, smitten, and afflicted, and yet He opened not His mouth. His blood and His death intercede for the transgressors.

When the Spirit makes intercession for us, is He simply providing us with the crib-sheet of petitions that we can't figure out on our own, petitions that we are too weak or confused to know to pray? Is He speaking for us, as in the story of Cyrano de Bergerac?

Or is focus more on His making intercession for us with the sufferings of Christ and with the groanings of His Passion?

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