Wednesday 20 March 2019

About Today Readings

Jeremiah 18:18-20. Psalm 30(31):5-6, 14-16. Matthew 20:17-28

Save me, O Lord, in your steadfast love – Psalm 30(31):5-6, 14-16. 

‘The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve.’

Imagine the discussion over dinner on the previous night between the mother and her beloved sons. She can see that they are keen to be part of Jesus’ mission and she offers to fix them a fitting place. ‘But Mum!’ They were possibly horrified. Her ambition is misguided and yet the two young men answer the call with ‘We are able.’

This gospel speaks of the humility of Jesus to the will of his Father. James and John are readily humble in accepting the terms of discipleship with Jesus. The position offers no status, no power – serve with compassion and love. These are the terms of discipleship. And even those who hold high office in worldly terms ought to enhance their decisions with the same loving service.

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