Can you drink the cup I must drink?

Can you drink the cup I must drink?

By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

 1 Pet. 1:18-25, Mk 10:32-45. Today’s Gospel reports one of several lessons of Jesus about living a life of service, as they proceeded toward Jerusalem. Jesus and His disciples were clearly on different wavelengths, as evidence from the different kinds of questions they asked each other. What James and John asked for has to do with glory, honour and status. What Jesus asked them was whether they were ready to share in the rejection and suffering that awaits Him: “Can you drink the cup that I must drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I must be baptised?” This referred to the cup of suffering and the baptism of fire Jesus will experience. What James and John wanted was self-promotion. What Jesus asked for is self-giving. At the heart of discipleship is the giving of unselfish love, becoming the servant of others. In the end, it involves the way of the Cross, as Jesus knew from experience.

Today, we are challenged to join the one who did not come to be served but to serve, whose purpose in life was not self promotion but to empty Himself for others. It is only in following this way that we will receive that share in Jesus’ glory that was the focus of James and John’s request. In today’s first reading Peter reaffirmed the opportunity of being set free not because someone paid a certain amount of precious metals, but because Jesus paid the price of the ransom with His precious blood.

May the Lord be gracious to us for His greater glory and not for our personal ambitions or worldly fame, satisfaction or pleasures! Amen!! Have a wonderful day!!!

 

 

 

 

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