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Lenten reflection, day 13

Scripture readings for today: Jeremiah 18:18-20; Psalm 31; Matthew 20:17-28

helping othersDid you ever have something important or exciting to tell someone—that you’re getting a new job, expecting a baby, or falling in love—and the person wasn’t listening? It can be pretty discouraging.

In today’s Gospel Jesus is proclaiming for the third time that He is about to undergo His passion and death, yet the disciples are concerned about their place in heaven.

In defense of the disciples, wouldn’t we think the same way? If we were part of Jesus’ inner circle and recognized that Jesus had some pull, would we not take the opportunity at least to ask?

What can you do for us, what can you guarantee us, since we have “left all to become your followers”?

The brothers quickly respond that they are prepared to follow Jesus. But in the world of Jesus, to be great is to put all our gifts and talents at the service of others. Why? Because everything we have was given us by God anyway.

If we want to be first in the kingdom of God, we must learn to be humble servants to one another.

Father Raymond Collins, C.Ss.R.

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