The Real Fight until
When the days for
Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined
to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of
him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to
prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome
him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When
the disciples James and John saw this they asked, "Lord,
do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?" Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they
journeyed to another village.
Prayer: In you, Lord, I find all my joy and
happiness. How could I offend you by chasing after fleeting
success and lifeless trophies? I believe in you because you
are truth itself. I hope in you because you are
faithful to your promises. I love you because you have
loved me first. I am a sinner; nevertheless, you have
given me so many blessings. I humbly thank you.
Petition: Lord Jesus, make me
meek and humble of heart.
1. An Unpopular Strategy: military term: “resolutely”. Nevertheless, even though
he was engaged in fierce combat, Jesus didn’t show it
in a way the world understood. Our Lord approached his
battle in Jerusalem like a sheep being led to the
slaughter. His strategy was humility. Humility was the atomic bomb
that he would drop on Satan’s designs and plans. He
thus undid the pride and arrogance of Lucifer.
2. A Lesson in Humility: St. John
the Evangelist is an active participant in this passage. He
himself knew that Jesus’ purpose was to wage war (see
1 John 3:8), and he and his brother dreamed of
being well-decorated in Jesus’ battalion. They sought places at his
right and left hand in the Kingdom (see Mark 10:35-37),
and now they seek to use their rank as apostles
to bring down revenge on their opponents. Jesus rebuked them,
redefining for them the idea of kingship in his reign.
They learned quickly that the weapons of attack were kindness,
gentleness, charity and humility.
Mission Oriented: In military standards, a commander-in-chief might have considered
the incident in Samaria a defeat. Christ was uprooted from
their presence, so humanly speaking, he lost. This however, is
not the case. Had Jesus complained or retaliated against the
fanaticism of the Samaritans, that would have been a defeat.
Instead, the Gospel tells us: “They journeyed to another village.”
Simple as that! Christ won victory because he didn’t waste
time on fickle, whimsical and capricious expectations; rather as a
true soldier, he forgave, forgot and continued to the next
Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus, allow me to understand the bumps and bruises
of your “boot camp.” It is hard to understand why
life is so taxing for my weak nature, but I
know that we are at war with the forces of
evil. Seeing you die for this war and winning it
gives me greater courage to commit my bit to the
war effort. Help me to prefer the virtue of humility
over my pride.
Today, I will be to the one who does an
everyday chore in my house. I will make the coffee
for all or wash the dishes to demonstrate to the
Lord (and myself) that I can be humble.