Posted by: livingscripture | May 26, 2010

Eighth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Can you drink the chalice that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?

                                                                 Mark 10: 38

 How should we live this Word

 To the question that seems to dominate today’s Gospel, the apostles respond, ‘We can’.  It is a short and decisive response and perhaps given hastily by two who really did not understand well what they were saying.  The other ten companions would have answered in the same way.  They became indignant against Zebedee’s sons because they were of the same intent.

 Unlike Matthew, Mark is not afraid to present the human frailty of Jesus’ disciples.  They were simply human like us.  We too can become evangelists, proclaiming the Good News of salvation. 

The carpenter – preacher had attracted these men and they had accepted the invitation to become His disciples.  They dreamed of freedom for their country and were expecting a powerful Messiah, one that would cast out the Romans and found a new government.  Thus they were ready for anything!  The New Testament shows us that, notwithstanding their limitations and difficulties, the disciples remained with the Lord, not to follow their dreams but to follow their Teacher.

 In fact, with Paul they could say, “Can anything cut us off from the love of Christ?  Can hardships or distress, or persecution, or lack of food or clothing, or threats or violence?”  (Romans 8: 35)  Through the consolation and illumination of the Holy Spirit, they gave their entire selves to spread the love of the Lord, seeking many disciples throughout the world.  They were able to make the passage from personal plans to God’s plans.  They came to know God as Father through their encounter with Jesus.  They could say with all simplicity, ‘We have drunk from Christ’s chalice, and we have been baptized with His baptism.’

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will let Jesus question me.  I will answer Him truthfully from the depths of my heart.

 Lord, grant that I may seek You.  I entrust myself to You and I will proclaim You to the world!

 The voice of Carlo Carretto, witness

 Yes, we have had the courage at some points in our life to believe that we were different from other people.  This is the most radical lie, dictated by the most dangerous egoism, that of the spirit.  It is on this lie that our egoism builds its Babel, using the same piety, the same prayer to satisfy itself.

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