To Die Is to Live
May 28, 2008
Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Mark 10: 32-45
They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles; they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again." James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you. " And he said to them, "What is it you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They replied, "We are able." Then Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, "You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, as I begin this prayer, I humbly kneel before you recognizing that you alone are the one and true God. I have come not to seek consolation for myself but to console you. I believe in your love for me and I trust in your mercy and love. Like a little child, I abandon myself into your hands today. Do with me as you please but never let me be separated from you.
Petition: Lord, I ask you to help me to know how to die to myself so that you may live in me. Grant me greater courage in carrying the crosses of my daily life.
1. Part of Life Is Experiencing Failure The apostles can’t swallow the disturbing words they are hearing from Jesus, because they go against what human reason tells them a king and Messiah is supposed to be. Success, power and fame are the ingredients of a king. How on earth can the cross be a part of the plan? In the eyes of the world, Christ’s cross was a sign of failure, but we know that through the cross we are victorious.
2. Take What Is Given to You It’s good that these apostles aspired to be as close as possible to the Lord in the Kingdom of Heaven. However, in order to be there, they, too, needed to embrace Christ’s cross. One thing is certain: We will all be assured of being with the Lord in heaven only in as much as we have freely embraced the cross of Christ in our lives. With the cross, we learn how to die to ourselves and to live only for him.
3. It’s Hard to Be Humble Water and oil don’t mix. It can never happen. God and the proud soul cannot ever be together. If we want God in our souls, we need to be humble. God challenges us in our relationship with him. He asks us to live this virtue, which we naturally find hard to live in our lives. Holiness is for humble souls.
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, I ask you today to grant me the grace to foster a spirit of humility in my heart, so that you can truly dwell within me.
Resolution: Today I will say “thank you” to my coworkers for all they do for me.
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