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Wednesday 7th March, 2012
Jeremiah 18:18-20. Save me, O Lord, in your steadfast love—Ps 30(31):5-6, 14-16. Matthew 20:17‑28.

  
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‘If you want to be great, you need to be a servant to the rest.’

We dream of a world ruled by justice and peace, yet our newspapers are full of stories about conflicts between friends and enemies. Social harmony and working together for a common end are completely absent. These gruesome tales are what sells newspapers, we are told.

Jeremiah and the psalmist in today’s readings beg for God’s protection against their enemies, who are plotting against them. In the gospel, Jesus instructs his disciples in a Messianic role that is far removed from the conquering hero who will establish a kingdom of power and glory in which they will take on positions of power and authority. He points out that the lives of his disciples will include service and suffering. Power and privilege have no place in his understanding of the kingdom.

Lord, help us to serve you and one another according to your plan for us.

 

 

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