The Good News for the day, February 28, 2018

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent (232)

As Jesus was heading for Jerusalem, he took His Twelve closest followers off by themselves and told them, “Look, we are heading for Jerusalem, and This Human Child is going to be handed over to powerful religious forces there and to men who write the law. They will condemn him to death by their laws, then hand him over to Roman law (the “gentiles”) to be made fun of, get whipped and then crucified—but he will be raised on the third day.” About that time, the mother of Zebedee’s two sons came to Jesus with her sons and expressed her respect—but wanting to ask him for something. He said to her, “What do you want?” She answered him, “Give directions that these two sons of mine will take positions of authority—one at your right hand and the other at your left—in your realm.” Jesus said in reply, “You have no idea what you’re asking for! Can you drink out of the same cup that I am going to drink from?” They said to him, “Sure we can.” He replied, “My cup—you will drink, yes—but to have authority at my right and left hand—this is not mine to give—it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” When the others—the ten—heard about this, they got upset at the two brothers. But Jesus summoned them all and said, “You know how political officials dominate their subjects—and how significant people make their authority over others felt! That way, however, is not how it will be among you. No, anybody who wants to be ‘great’ among you is going to be one who serves others—anybody who wants to be ‘first’ among you is going to be the one subject to you—your “slave.” Just so—This Human Child has not come to be waited on, but to wait on others—and to spend his life winning back the ‘many.’” (Matthew 20)

If only all of us could and would keep this significant reminder—that we are here—each Human Child—to find our bliss in the mutually beneficial family of God—to suffering alongside one another!

You and I tend to think we are better than others—that we should be honored over others—certain “I” am a lot better than a killer, adulterer, or any greedy, stupid, stubborn or lazy person. We believe in ourselves, in our own achievements, our own generosity, and honesty. That is an illusion, a mistake for what really counts.

True nobility and true joy come once we admit that we all share what we condemn, that: ”there—but for the grace of God—go I.” Your calling is to forgive, accept, admit, and serve—caring for others in their weakness and sins. Not priding ourselves on successes, but wanting to BE of service—to Be Jesus, not be at His Right Hand.

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