24 February 2016
Wednesday, 2nd Week of Lent
Jer 18:18 – 20 / Mt 20:17 – 28.
From the Gospel Reading: Mt 20:17- 28
When Jesus was going to Jerusalem, he took the twelve aside and said to them on the way, "See, we are going to Jerusalem. There the Son of Man will be given over to the chief priests and the teachers of the Law who will condemn him to death. They will hand him over to the foreigners who will mock him, scourge him and crucify him. But he will be raised to life on the third day."
Then the mother of James and John came to Jesus with her sons, and she knelt down to ask a favor. Jesus said to her, "What do you want?" And she answered, "Here you have my two sons. Grant that they may sit, one at your right and one at your left, when you are in your kingdom."
Jesus said to the brothers, "You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am about to drink?" They answered, "We can." Jesus replied, "You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right or at my left is not for me to grant. That will be for those for whom the Father has prepared it."
The other ten heard all this and were angry with the two brothers. Then Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the nations act as tyrants, and the powerful oppress them. It shall not be so among you; whoever wants to be more important in your group shall make himself your servant. And if you want to be first, make yourself the servant of all. Be like the Son of Man who has come, not to be served but to serve and to give his life to redeem many."
In today's setting, imagine yourself having a conversation with God. He asks you to do His will without telling you what exactly He wants to happen. Can you honestly say, with open arms, "Yes, God"? We might think that the answer is easy, that following God's path is like a walk in the park. That saying "Yes, I believe in You" will be enough. What if His will involves suffering excruciating pain, the same way He suffered on the cross? What if it involves losing a loved one, would you still say yes? We always pray the Lord's Prayer and say "Thy will be done". Do we really understand what it means?
Lord, help us to trust and understand your will. May we open up our hearts and mind to your Divine Providence and Wisdom. You know how things will turn out and you truly will grant us what is really best for us. Jesus, my Lord and my God, I trust in you.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Ralph M. Olazo
Roberto Cristobal Nazal
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