Saint Matthew 12:14-21.
Book of Exodus 12:37-42.
The Israelites set out from Rameses for Succoth, about six
hundred thousand men on foot, not counting the children.
A crowd of mixed ancestry also went up
with them, besides their livestock, very numerous flocks and herds.
Since the dough they had
brought out of Egypt was not leavened, they baked it into unleavened loaves. They had been rushed
out of Egypt and had no opportunity even to prepare food for the journey.
The time the
Israelites had stayed in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years.
At the end of four hundred and
thirty years, all the hosts of the LORD left the land of Egypt on this very date.
This was a
night of vigil for the LORD, as he led them out of the land of Egypt; so on this same night all the
Israelites must keep a vigil for the LORD throughout their generations. Psalms 136(135):1.23-24.10-12.13-15.
Praise the LORD, who is so good; God's
love endures forever;
The LORD remembered us in our misery, God's love endures forever;
Freed us from our foes, God's love endures forever;
Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
God's love endures forever;
And led Israel from their midst, God's love endures forever;
With mighty hand and outstretched arm, God's love endures forever;
Who split in two the Red
Sea, God's love endures forever;
And led Israel through, God's love endures forever;
swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, God's love endures forever; Holy Gospel of
Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 12:14-21.
Pharisees went out and took counsel against him to put him to death.
When Jesus realized this, he
withdrew from that place. Many (people) followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not
to make him known.
This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:
Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my spirit
upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not contend or cry out, nor
will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he
will not quench, until he brings justice to victory.
And in his name the Gentiles will
hope."Commentary of the day
Philoxenes of Mabbug (?-c.523), Bishop in
SyriaHomily no.5, On simplicity, 137-139
"He will not contend or cry out"
Listen to the prophet announcing our Lord. He compares him to a lamb, a sheep, the
most innocent of animals: «Like a lamb led to the slaughter, or a sheep before the shearers, he was
silent and opened not his mouth» (Is 53,7)... Our Lord was not compared to a lion when he was led to
death... Like a lamb, a sheep, he remained silent when he was led to his Passion and death. In his
humiliation «he was silent and opened not his mouth».
Confirming the word of prophecy by his
actions, he remained silent when they led him out: he did not speak a word when they judged him, he
did not complain when they scourged him, did not argue when they condemned him, was not angered when
they bound him. He did not dissent when they struck him on the cheek, did not cry out
when he was stripped of his garments like a sheep of it fleece. He did not curse them when they gave
him sour wine and vinegar; was not angered with them when they nailed him to the tree.