Tuesday, March 19, 2019
WEDNESDAY, 2nd Week of Lent
March 20, 2019 – WEDNESDAY, 2nd Week of Lent
Jer 18: 18 – 20 / Mt 20: 17 – 28
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 Gospel reading we hear Jesus telling his close disciples about his passion, death and resurrection. Jesus had been preparing his disciples to understand his mission and role as the Messiah, as the Christ of God. He tells them of his passion, death and resurrection after they had affirmed their faith in him as "the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
The Gospel reading teaches us about the true meaning of service. The mother of James and John had asked Jesus to assure places of honor for her sons in heaven. Jesus tells her and her sons that to be with Christ includes "drinking the cup he was about to drink" and that such honors are given by the heavenly Father.
He teaches them what true Christian leadership and service are: "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."
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Thelma N. Factoran
Ernest James Yu
Chaelda M. Del Carmen
IN MEMORIAM ( +)
Yu Tiong (1921 - 2002)
Have a good day!
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