Lord, help me to follow your example to serve others and not expect to be served
2nd Week of Lent (B) : Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Jer. 18:18-20; Ps. 30:5-6,14,15-16;
Mt. 20:17-28 (Ps Wk II)
Speaking the truth to people of power is never easy, and Jeremiah knew that well. God ordered Jeremiah to deliver the bad news to those in authority: the nation was corrupt and spiritually sick. They had to return to the ways of God. But people preferred the false prophets who told authorities what they wanted to hear: everything is just fine! A plot was hatched against Jeremiah to silence him, but God protected him. We should never be intimidated for speaking the truth or standing up for what is right.
The sons of Zebedee had walked with Jesus so long, but they still didn’t understand his teachings. They could only think of basking in his power and glory, so they made a ‘power move.’ They asked for the two choice seats in his kingdom, one at his right and the other at his left. Just imagine how disappointed and frustrated Jesus must have felt when he heard their request. He explained that they would have to share his suffering and martyrdom, and they agreed, implying that it was ‘no big deal.’ Rash words! Jesus again insisted that true greatness and true discipleship was all about humility and loving service. He warned them not to copy the examples of governance and human relationships in the culture around them. They were all based on domination and lording it over others. He pointed to himself, declaring that he had come not to be served but to serve. It can be no less for all of us.
Lord, may my life be one of humble service.