Wednesday 11 March 2020

About Today Readings

Jeremiah 18:18-20. Save me, O Lord, in your steadfast love – Psalm 30(31):5-6, 14-16. Matthew 20:17-28.

‘You shall drink my cup’

Our faith in God can lead us to do very radical things. Willingly or unwillingly, we might become ‘persecuted for righteousness sake’ and, therefore, blessed.

Jeremiah, David and Jesus all speak of this experience in the readings today. James and John imagine that it will be a little pain before a future of glory. But Jeremiah and David express the despair and hopelessness involved. They have stopped trusting other people, but become dependent on God.

Jesus warns of the cost of ‘drinking my cup’ and living for others. These are not separate pathways; the more that we love God, the more we love our brothers and sisters, the more we give our lives for the sake of God’s creation. It is not easy and often not brief. Yet as we give of ourselves, we discover a God of faithfulness, a God of solidarity, a God of love.

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