Tuesday, May 29, 2018
WEDNESDAY, 8th Week in Ordinary Time
May 30, 2018 – WEDNESDAY, 8th Week in Ordinary Time
1 Pt 1: 18- 25 / Mk 10: 32- 45
FROM THE 1ST READING: 1 Pt 1: 18- 21
Remember that you were freed from the useless way of life of your ancestors, not with gold and silver but with the precious blood of the Lamb without spot or blemish. God, who has known Christ before the world began, revealed him to you in the last days. Through him you have faith in God who raised him from the dead and glorified him in order that you might put all your faith and hope in God.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mk 10: 32- 34, 42- 45
They were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead. The Twelve were anxious and those who followed were afraid. Once more Jesus took the Twelve aside to tell them what was to happen to him, "You see we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be given over to the chief priests and the teachers of the Law. They will condemn him to death and hand him over to the foreigners who will make fun of him, spit on him, scourge him and finally kill him; but three days later he will rise." ...
Jesus then called them to him and said, "As you know, the so-called rulers of the nations act as tyrants and their great ones oppress them. But it shall not be so among you; whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you shall make himself slave of all. Think of the Son of Man who has not come to be served but to serve and to give his life to redeem many."
In tf(e- Gospel reading Jesus teaches his disciples that the Son of Man will suffer and die and yet be raised in three days.
There is something about Jesus that makes those who follow him persevere, even if they are anxious or afraid. Anxiety as a form of psychological illness has reached epidemic proportions in our society: we see that it was a basic human reaction even in the days of Jesus. It is commonly brought about by the discomfort of uncertainty.
The disciples were afraid of the consequences of following Jesus, more specifically they fear they may encounter the same fate he predicts for himself, persecution and death on the cross. Nowadays we are worried about our job security and finances, our health, our future and that of our children, natural calamities and political unrest.
However, the message of hope imparted by Jesus who was raised to life after his death on the cross is applicable to all kinds and all ages of anxiety and fear. If we take this message to heart, many of the things we are worried about or afraid of will melt away because of our hope in the resurrection.
We are only pilgrims in our journey to eternal life: all we need is to singlemindedly set our sights on that goal.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Lourdes Q. Estrada
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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