February 27, 2013

The Gospel Today

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Mt. 20: 17-28

As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem,
he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves,
and said to them on the way,
“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem,
and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests
and the scribes,
and they will condemn him to death,
and hand him over 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 approached Jesus with her sons
and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.
He said to her, “What do you wish?”
She answered him,
“Command that these two sons of mine sit,
one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom.”
Jesus said in reply,
“You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?”
They said to him, “We can.”
He replied,
“My chalice you will indeed drink,
but to sit at my right and at my left,
this is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
When the ten heard this,
they became indignant at the two brothers.
But Jesus summoned them and said,
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and the great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Reflection (Sem. Marlon Landicho):

Jesus was with the disciples for sometime now and had taught them a lot as He preached in different places.  They also saw many miracles during their encounter with God.  However they failed to see and understand what Jesus was doing.  They were left with amazement and the glory that went with it.  They were blinded by the thought of a glorious kingdom where Jesus would reign in the end.  The miracles that Jesus did was a glorious event for the disciples.  They failed to look at in the light that it was God’s manifestation of His love for men and He was doing that to serve the people of God whom He loved so much.  They focused on the glory of Jesus and wanted to share that literal glory, or kingship, with Him.  They failed to see that that glory entailed action and suffering.  Jesus did what He could to help the disciples understand what He needed to go through and why he needed to go through that.  But then again, with the “blindness” that they had, they failed to see it.

The season of Lent invites us to continue to cultivate our relationship with God.  With this season, God is calling us back and wants us to be closer to Him.  But this invitation does not stop at attaining a better relationship with Him.  His invitation goes beyond it by doing the same thing for others, especially  those whom we find “difficult” to engage in an encounter.

God did not come to this world to be served but to serve and called us to do the same thing.  He needed us to translate His words and deeds to a concrete action on our part.  Easier said than done but that was the continuous invitation that we had to live and do.

What are the things that blinds you to see God?  What hinders you from having a deeper relationship with Him?  In this season, ask God for the gift of sight.   Ask Him that He might grant you the gift to see and understand Him more so that you can transform this into your action of response and love for Him and for others.

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