Wednesday, February 20, 2008

In today's Gospel, we have the embarrassing alignment of Jesus' prediction of his sufferings (in excruciating detail) and the self-promoting ambition of James and John, looking for the top posts in the Kingdom. And getting their mother to make the request on their behalf.
Jesus' reply, which follows very well upon the conclusion of yesterday's Gospel ("whoever exalts himself will be humbled, while the one who humbles himself will be exalted") revealed the dispositions with which Jesus was accepting his forthcoming torture and death: "whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave."
Even in advance of the passion, from his Incarnation, Jesus intended to be our servant, slave and ransom.

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