Archive for March 18, 2014

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 18, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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In serving the Lord we can expect that the road ahead isn’t always going to be smooth. Chances of being persecuted for our faith will always run high. And should we die as a result, isn’t it a far better death? So that we may rise and live with Him, our Lord and God!

But how can we if we lead selfish lives? Only wanting what is good for us and our families? Where is the spirit of communion? Are we then truly the body of Christ?

O sweet Saviour come to my aid, dwell within me that I may experience Your great love; for Your love is such that cannot be contained but to be shared with all. With Your love I seek not to be served but to serve. Amen

First Reading
Jeremiah 18:18-20

Gospel
Matthew 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.”