Tuesday, February 27, 2018
WEDNESDAY, 2nd Week of Lent
February 28, 2018 – WEDNESDAY, 2nd Week of Lent
Jer 18: 18-20 I Mt 20: 17- 28
FROM THE 1ST READING: Jer 18: 18
Then they said, "Come, let us plot against Jeremiah, for even without him, there will be priests to interpret the Teachings of the Law; there will always be wise men to impart counsel and prophets to proclaim the word. Come, let us accuse him and strike him down, rather than listening to what he says."
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 the first reading the enemies of Jeremiah plot to destroy him.
In today's Gospel reading we hear Jesus telling his close disciples about his passion, death and resurrection..
Jesus also teaches us about the true meaning of service. The mother of James and John had asked Jesus for places of honor for her sons in heaven. He teaches them about true Christian leadership and service: "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."
Pope Francis said that "Faithful discipleship means following Jesus in the way of destitution and crucifixion." Do we accept these teachings on Christian leadership and service? Do we endeavor to live this in our parish and our Christian community?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Julian S. Lola Jr.
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Ramon (Toto) K Panganiban
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