Isaiah’s suffering servant plays on our own ambivalent ideas about violence, passivity, and retribution.
Season after Pentecost | 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Isaiah 50:4-9a (Psalm 116:1-9 or Wisdom of Solomon 7:26-8:1); James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38 | Semi-continuous first reading: Proverbs 1:20-33 (Psalm 19)
James reminds us of the duplicity of language, like a matchstick dropped by singed fingers that leaves behind charred acres. The deception of language is that we believe it is innocent.
The Bible's images for God must be taken in an analogical sense. Yet the Bible exhibits no anxiety about using them.