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Daily Bible Reflections Archive
| Theo Tigno
5/29/2012 12:43 pm
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|Wednesday, May 30th 2012
| Mark 10: 32-45
The disciples were on the way, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus went ahead of them. They were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. Taking the Twelve aside again, he began to tell them what was going to happen to him. "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and hand him over to the Gentiles who will mock him, spit upon him, scourge him, and put him to death, but after three days he will rise."
Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." He replied, "What do you wish me to do for you?" They answered him, "Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left." Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" They said to him, "We can." Jesus said to them, "The chalice that I drink, you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared." When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John. Jesus summoned them and said to them, "You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Today's prayer intention - for an end to abortion and the use of contraception.
When I was in my twenties, I wanted to be a lot of different places. I wanted to go and serve the poor in a land where poverty was real. I wanted to help get street workers off of the streets. I wanted to build homes for those who were homeless.
I had an idea of how all of this would look. I wanted to glorify God in a land far away.
Now in my thirties, I never went to a land far from home to serve in this way. I served the poor where I was, and real poverty is found here. It may not be financial poverty, but there is a lot of poverty when it comes to the dignity of the human person. I had a chance to do many of the things I wanted to do to glorify God, but I can tell you that it looks nothing like I thought it would.
We know that James and John ultimately glorified God. We know that, while they were not at His right and His left when He was crucified, one was martyred and the other sat at the foot of the cross. They glorified God, but it was God Who knew how they would do it.
I don't regret not going to a far off country to serve God. Looking back, I know that I served Him in the places He needed me to serve. His work is not done and neither is mine.
Let us glorify God in humble service where we are at for God has put us here. Take care and God Bless.