HOMILY OF WEDNESDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT YEAR B
Jeremiah 18:18-20, Matthew 20:17-28.
THEME: HUMBLE SERVICE: KNOWING WHEN WE ARE BECOMING A GOD
In our today’s gospel, Jesus demonstrates a sense of humility and expects those who want to walk or work with him to trace the same path. When the mother of the sons of Zebedee requested that he commands that her two sons may sit, one at his right hand and one at his left hand, in his reply, the Lord said, “You will drink my chalice, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those whom it has been prepared by my Father.” Jesus knew his limit and refused to tamper with what is within the jurisdiction of his Father. At times, we decide for God in our own terms. Oftentimes, we even quote him, forgetting that we are simply thinking aloud, thereby, making God of ourselves. If we refuse to discern the mind of God over some issues, we may not know when we cross our boundaries. There is difference between what we can do and what we are permitted to do.
Moreover, the Lord said, “whoever will be great among you, must be your slave, even the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many.” These days, it is like the comfort of the shepherd is emphasized over the spiritual survival of the sheep. Many a time, servants of God tend to keep their survival as the priority. That is why the cross is losing its meaning in Christendom. These days, it seems that the sheep are meant to serve the shepherd. However, while the faithful should not neglect their roles to their spiritual leaders, God’s servant should be ready to sacrifice their conveniences for the salvation of their flock.
May the good Lord help us to manage our pride that we may know where and when we are needed. May no personal desire or our ego kill our mission spirit. Amen.