Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wednesday of the Second Week
Today’s Gospel shows us discipleship is not easy.  Jesus tells us things that are hard to understand and difficult to do.  He tells us to do things that defy common sense or that are contrary to the messages we receive from worldly society.  For instance,  He tells the Twelve that He will be killed like a common criminal!  He tells a mother that her children will be condemned to suffer for their position as disciples.  And finally, He instructs us to turn away from the lure of power and prestige and choose a life in service to others instead.  Why would Jesus ask such hard things of us? I think the answer is rather beautiful.  He asks because He loves us, and because He has faith in our ability to be strong and loving people.   Jesus is the teacher who holds high expectations for each one of His students.  The teacher who believes each of them has the innate capacity to succeed in the tasks set before them.  He asks us to do hard things because He believes each of us can learn and grow and reach our full potential through these challenges. And because our teacher shows such faith in us—we strive to do the work.  The reward of learning this skill of discipleship is not only everlasting life, but also  earthly life full of rich relationships, the joy of connection with others, and love. 

O Lord my God, help me find the courage and the perseverance to do the hard things You ask of me,  the wisdom to see the ways I can be of service to those who need my strength, and the light of Your example to guide me when I lose my way.  Amen.

Amy Rock Wardwell, ’96, Member of the Worshipping Community

First Reading: Jeremiah 18:18-20
Psalm 31:5-6, 14-16
Gospel: Matthew 20:17-28

Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website

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