READINGS for 2006-03-15
And will turn over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. ?Matthew 20:19
They jeered and sneered, making the sign of the cross while laughing derisively, twirling their forefinger at the side of their head to indicate we were crazy as we wound ourselves through the cobbled streets of Jerusalem, carrying a life-size wooden cross, on our way to Calvary Hill. These same people ply their trade, pushing pictures of Jesus, rosaries, holy water, cross emblems and so many more ?Jesus? images, earning their keep from the same person that they continue to mock even to this day and age. As our group continued to sing and pray, walking slowly through the same road where Jesus had been flogged and had fallen three times, our hearts bled and tears would not stop as we imagined our Lord being laughed at, jeered and called many names. We were ordinary people, but He was the King of Kings, but He humbly accepted his fate. At the end of our procession, the enormity and significance of what we experienced struck us with so much force. Yes, these unbelievers continue to mock Christ, but we who love Him and believe in Him do too, when we continue to mock His commandments. Chelle C.
Forgive me, Lord, for the ways that I spit and jeer at You with my sins. Point these out to me and show me how I can keep myself from hurting You more.
P S A L M
Psalm 31:5-6, 14, 15-16
R: Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.
Jesus tells some of those closest to Him that the path to greatness will involve suffering and trial. This is all that He can guarantee James and John. As the outcome of their temptations is not yet known, it is not possible to guarantee them seats at His right hand or left. These remain to be allotted according to the will of His Father and depending upon the response of individuals to the Gospel call. Let us not ?jump the gun.? Let?s focus first on our response to God rather than worrying about the finer points of our eternal reward.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 1Samuel 25-27
ARE OUR DESIRES HOLY?
The mother of James and John approached Jesus and requested the places of honor to His right and left for her sons when He is King. Once she listened to the answer of Jesus I am sure that she wished that she had thought a little more about the question before asking it. How many times have we done something similar, wishing that we had taken a little more time to consider what we were doing before we did it?
Father, it is your desire that all people be saved. It would seem then that the first desire of my heart should be for salvation. Help me to ensure that this remains the foremost focus of my life. Let me not get so caught up in the matter of the world that I lose this focus.
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