WEDNESDAY, FIRST WEEK OF LENT
Reading 1: Jer 18:18-20 We are told of a plot to destroy Jeremiah, and we hear his prayer to the Lord for deliverance.
Gospel: Mt 20:17-28 Jesus predicts his Passion and death, and two of his disciples scheme for privileged places in his kingdom.
JUDGED NOT BY OUR AWARDS, BUT BY OUR SCARS
We live in a tech savvy world, which is measured by one’s following. Celebrities, politicians have a great following on instagram, twitter, youtube etc. In television contests, academic exams, etc, we are judged if we are greater or better than the rest. All life seems to boil down to ‘who is the greatest?’ It is often presented as a race, made up of one competition after another and that only the those who come first count. Are we imparting a wrong lesson to our little ones to always become greater than the other? And what happens to those who fail or are defeated? Are they able to cope up or are they helped to learn from their mistakes?
Jeremiah struggled to come to terms with his call to be a prophet at such a young age. Furthermore, through his prophetic utterances, he disturbs the consciences of the people, and receives, in turn, suffering, persecution and ridicule. In the Gospel, we find Jesus embracing his call towards the cross. Jesus came as a humble lamb and offered his life for others. He was very clear about it when he said: “I am meek and humble of heart” (Mt 11:29). It is very queer that two of his very intimate friends, present a request to hold high offices in his empire, through their mother.
A Christian is like a lighted candle in a dark room, who cannot help but stand out and be noticed. S/he does not have to be great in the eyes of any person, but rather by their life itself, become a light to all those around them. Christ challenges us, “If you wish to be my disciple, take up your cross, and follow me.” It is necessary that we take a look at our own weakness and then abandon ourselves in the hands of the Lord. We will win and become great when God takes charge of our life. Let us learn to die to our self and live with the Lord. This is the journey we ought to make from Ash Wednesday to the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 31:5-6, 14-16 Save me, O Lord, in your merciful love.
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