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Daily Prayer 2016-05-25
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On Sitting and Serving
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
May 25, 2016 - Wednesday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time
Father John Doyle, LC
The disciples were on the way,
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 as ransom for many."
Introductory Prayer: Once again,
Lord, I come to you to pray. Even though I
cannot see you, I trust that you are present and
very much want to instruct me in your teachings. In
the same way that you demonstrate your love for me
by spending this time with me, I want to express
my love for you by dedicating this time to you
with a spirit of faith, confidence and attention. Here I
am, Lord, to listen to you and respond with love.
Lord, help me imitate your example of loving service.
Jesus Sets His Face Toward Jerusalem: Jesus is walking ahead
of his disciples, firm and determined. A few of those
following him are growing uneasy, but James and John seem
not to grasp the seriousness of the situation. Jesus is
accompanied, but in a certain sense, he is alone. Again
and again he has tried to explain to his followers
that his mission will lead him to be rejected and
mocked and eventually to suffer the cruelest of deaths. But
they seem incapable of grasping the message; from their vantage
point, none of this makes any sense. At times we,
too, hear Christ’s words about taking up our cross daily
and losing our life for his sake, and we are
either terrified at the prospect or its meaning eludes us.
Jesus, however, continues inviting us to follow in his footsteps
and carry our daily crosses with our eyes fixed on
our heavenly home, the New Jerusalem.
- The Ambitions
of James and John: James and John were hand-picked disciples
of the Lord. Jesus had often allowed them to accompany
him when he went off alone to pray. They both
felt a deep affection for Our Lord, and so it
is not surprising that they wished to be near him
when he entered into his glory. Jesus doesn’t reproach them
for their petition even though it comes at a moment
when his heart is burdened with deeper concerns. Rather, Jesus
invites them to reflect on the consequences of their request.
To be on Jesus’ right and left in his glory
means to pass through a similar trial as the one
he must soon undergo –– they would have to be
situated on his right and left on the day he
is lifted up on the cross. Jesus also invites us
to “seek the things above” and place our ambitions on
heavenly sights and not earthly glory. If our love for
Jesus is true, then it must withstand the test of
trial and suffering.
- The True Meaning of Authority:
Most of us prefer to command than obey. Ambition quickly
leads to rivalry and bitter feelings, as happened to the
twelve apostles. Jesus quickly intervenes and gives us a valuable
lesson on the meaning of authority, a lesson to be
taken to heart. Authority of any kind has only one
purpose: service. Do I view the authority that I have
been given as a service? Am I more concerned about
being obeyed –– immediately and exactly –– than about setting
an example for others? How can I be more like
Jesus in exercising my authority? Do I realize this is
a specific way of picking up my cross and following
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, help me to be zealous
for the things of above. Do not allow my heart
to be ambitious but rather be meek and gentle like
Resolution: I will seek to serve others no matter who
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