February 27, 2013

Matthew 20:17-28

While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified; and on the third day he will be raised.”

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will 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 about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”

When the ten heard it, they were angry with 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 ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)

Sharing God’s Love

We have all heard the term “helicopter parents.” Educators are well familiar with such parents. They truly want the best for their children, but they feel bound to make certain everything in their child’s life goes “just right.” But isn’t it through the bumps and bruises, the mistakes and failures of life that we learn so much and become better people?

In today’s gospel, the mother of the sons of Zebedee might be the first recorded helicopter parent as she asks Jesus to seat her two sons in the places of highest honor in his kingdom. Jesus will have none of it. Rather, he says “Anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave.”

God, Our Father, calls us forth to a life of service with infinite, absolute, unconditional, and unrelenting love. This is a love which is so true and respectful of us that he allows us to make mistakes and even sin against him. His greatest desire is that we choose to share in his divinity and in turn share his love with every person he puts in our lives.

—David McNulty, Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits

Prayer

Lord, only through your grace can we keep our focus on what really matters — service to others. We ask that your Spirit helps us to discern a healthy self-interest in contrast to a self-centered interest. Help us to be more concerned with doing right rather than being right. And increase our trust in your promise that the fullness of life belongs to those dedicated to serving others.

 

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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February 27, 2013

Matthew 20:17-28

While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified; and on the third day he will be raised.”

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will 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 about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”

When the ten heard it, they were angry with 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 ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)

Sharing God’s Love

We have all heard the term “helicopter parents.” Educators are well familiar with such parents. They truly want the best for their children, but they feel bound to make certain everything in their child’s life goes “just right.” But isn’t it through the bumps and bruises, the mistakes and failures of life that we learn so much and become better people?

In today’s gospel, the mother of the sons of Zebedee might be the first recorded helicopter parent as she asks Jesus to seat her two sons in the places of highest honor in his kingdom. Jesus will have none of it. Rather, he says “Anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave.”

God, Our Father, calls us forth to a life of service with infinite, absolute, unconditional, and unrelenting love. This is a love which is so true and respectful of us that he allows us to make mistakes and even sin against him. His greatest desire is that we choose to share in his divinity and in turn share his love with every person he puts in our lives.

—David McNulty, Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits

Prayer

Lord, only through your grace can we keep our focus on what really matters — service to others. We ask that your Spirit helps us to discern a healthy self-interest in contrast to a self-centered interest. Help us to be more concerned with doing right rather than being right. And increase our trust in your promise that the fullness of life belongs to those dedicated to serving others.

 

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!