3/8/2023 (Wednesday) Today’s gospel reading: Matthew 20:17-28
17 As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way,
18 “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,
19 and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”
20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons
and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.
21 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.”
22 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.”
23 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.”
24 When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers.
25 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.
26 But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
27 whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
28 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.”
3/8/2023 (Wednesday) Today’s gospel reflection: Matthew 20:17-28
“What do you wish?”, Jesus asked the mother. Well, the mother of James and John wants her sons to be at the apex of God’s kingdom. We cannot fault her for asking the very best for her children. Any other loving mother would do the same. Yet, Jesus took the opportunity to emphasize that greatness is achieved not by lording over other people but by becoming a slave servant to them.
What do you wish? The gospel reading above is inviting us to check on our inner desires and the content of our prayers. Do we desire to become powerful and famous? Do we pray for selfish ambition and personal glorification? Jesus gave us the example that to be great in the eyes of God is to be a servant to others. Indeed, even in our own standard as human beings, we want our leaders to be true servants of the people.
Many times we wonder why our wishes are not fulfilled or why our prayers are not answered. Perhaps we are asking too much for our own satisfaction. Let us pray instead for the will of God to happen in our life and in the life of our loved ones. Let us wish that the will of God be done on earth as it is heaven. Let us wish that others may glorify God instead of us.