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A reading of the holy Gospel according to 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.”


"Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something."

St Augustine said, "We need not pray for what we need because God already knows what we need before we even ask." Instead, he suggested we ought to pray to increase our desire for God, and so that we might be able to receive what He is preparing to give us.

How do we pray? Do we pay homage to God? Do we ask through our pride? Do we demand? Or do we lean toward the gentle mercies of God and let Him answer our petitions, disposing ourselves to accepting the will of God.

Jesus, for the third time, talks to the apostles about His passion, death and glorious resurrection. And yet, not understanding, but without hesitation, James and John vow to want to suffer with Him. As friends of God, they are ready to share His destiny.

Are we ready as the apostles to drink the cup: the cup of full abandonment to God, and His will? Are we willing to give up our hearts, interests, comforts, self love, our will, eyes, ears, speech for the Lord?

Are we ready for the beheading as James? Or are we ready to suffer and be persecuted as John?

This Lent, may we understand our passion with Jesus and the Cross we are meant to carry for our Savior. The more we sacrifice, the more our prayer life grows.

Continue with the fasting, continue with the discipline of prayer life, getting up early for prayer, stick with our promises, have a charitable attitude toward someone we don't care for, or be patient to those who annoy us or we find boring.

Better, we can donate financially to those in need.

This Saturday, March 19, 2022, we will be celebrating the feast day of St Joseph with the St Joseph Altar. Please respond with generosity the baby powder food for the malnourished children of Venezuela. Also consider donating to the Ukraine relief.

"Save me, O Lord, in your kindness."

(Psalm 31).

Thought of the Day

Spend one hour praying before the Blessed Sacrament.

God Bless You


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