MY daily reflection and prayer: Wednesday, 4 March 2015
The Second Week of Lent
Dear my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Matthew 20:17-28
And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.” Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him, with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. And he said to her, “What do you want?”
She said to him, “Command that these two sons of mine may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.”
But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Let’s focus on this theme for our reflection today based on Jesus’ word, “the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). With this word, Jesus Christ sums up his mission. He comes to give his life as a ransom for many.
What does it mean and how can it be done? Jesus Christ gives his life for us through his dead on the cross. He has paid the price for our redemption with his own blood on the cross. But his life does not end with death on the cross. He has triumphed over the grave when he rose victorious on the third day.
The shedding of his blood on the cross is the payment for our sins. That is a ransom which sets us free from slavery to wrong and hurtful desires. He has laid down his life for us. This death to self is the key that sets us free to offer our lives as a sacrifice of thanksgiving and love for the Lord Jesus Christ and for the people he calls us to serve.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we worship Jesus Christ who has given his life as a ransom for us and for all humankind. There we learn to lay down our lives in martyrdom for Christ every day in a little sacrifice.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, teach us to be ready to lay down our lives and to serve others as you have done for us all. Make us servants of love for your kingdom. May we always serve others generously and joyfully rather than be served now and forever. Amen.