Maurice Denis, The Solitude of Christ, 1918
Today, Jews the world over celebrate Pesach, Passover, when God helped the Children of Israel escape their bondage in Egypt over 3,300 years ago.
The sacrifice of the Passover Lamb is something Christians have identified with Jesus' crucifixion. His Last Supper, commemorated on Thursday, was the Passover meal he shared with his closest disciples. And today's reading in God for Us is Isaiah 49 describing the Servant of the Lord, with whom Jesus' strongly identified himself.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people,
to restore the land
and to reassign its desolate inheritances,
to say to the captives, 'Come out'
and those in darkness, 'Be free!'