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March 03, 2021

Mt 20: 17-28

While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified; and on the third day he will be raised.”

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” 

When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Contagious faith

What is it about the human condition that tempts us to compare who’s better or worse than ourselves? It is said that “comparison is the thief of joy” and being steeped in competition gets in the way of serving God. Whenever I get caught up in comparing myself to others, I miss opportunities to listen to God’s voice. Yet when I look through the lens of imago Dei (image of God), it lessens the temptation to make harmful comparisons. This perspective is humbling and invites a willingness to serve! St. Ignatius reminds us to be ready for what the Lord desires to work in us. Instead of focusing on what others have or what we know, God’s work in us will be so contagious that others will want what we have in Christ. What areas of your Lenten journey reflect contagious faith? 

—Lori Stanley is the Executive Director of Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA.

 

Prayer

Good and gracious God, remove our need to out-do others. Orient our hearts and minds to faithfully serve you while in communion with the body of Christ. May we serve one another in compassion and lead others to you by our humility. Amen.

—Lori Stanley


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March 03, 2021

Mt 20: 17-28

While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified; and on the third day he will be raised.”

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” 

When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Contagious faith

What is it about the human condition that tempts us to compare who’s better or worse than ourselves? It is said that “comparison is the thief of joy” and being steeped in competition gets in the way of serving God. Whenever I get caught up in comparing myself to others, I miss opportunities to listen to God’s voice. Yet when I look through the lens of imago Dei (image of God), it lessens the temptation to make harmful comparisons. This perspective is humbling and invites a willingness to serve! St. Ignatius reminds us to be ready for what the Lord desires to work in us. Instead of focusing on what others have or what we know, God’s work in us will be so contagious that others will want what we have in Christ. What areas of your Lenten journey reflect contagious faith? 

—Lori Stanley is the Executive Director of Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA.

 

Prayer

Good and gracious God, remove our need to out-do others. Orient our hearts and minds to faithfully serve you while in communion with the body of Christ. May we serve one another in compassion and lead others to you by our humility. Amen.

—Lori Stanley


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