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Mt 20:17-28

As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem,

he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves,

and said to them on the way,

"Behold, 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,

and hand him over to the Gentiles

to be mocked and scourged and crucified,

and he will be raised on the third day."

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons

and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.

He said to her, "What do you wish?"

She answered him,

"Command that these two sons of mine sit,

one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom."

Jesus said in reply,

"You do not know what you are asking.

Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?"

They said to him, "We can."

He replied,

"My chalice you will indeed drink,

but to sit at my right and at my left,

this is not mine to give

but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father."

When the ten heard this,

they became indignant at the two brothers.

But Jesus summoned them and said,

"You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,

and the great ones make their authority over them felt.

But it shall not be so among you.

Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;

whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.

Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve

and to give his life as a ransom for many."


The mother of the sons of Zebedee reminds me of tiger parents who have unattainable goals for their children - the secular expectation of always being at the top.

Which goal is most important to you? The secular (temporary world) or the spiritual (everlasting world)?

As we continue our Lenten journey, we slowly empty our chalice filled with secular desires by detaching ourselves from its clutches. Then, there will be more room for freedom of virtues.

There are times in this journey I do not trust myself;

"But I trust in you, Lord;

I say, "You are my God."

My destiny is in your hands;

rescue me from my enemies,

from the hands of my pursuers."

(Psalms 31:15-16)


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