From the Word of the Day
As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves and said to them on the way, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Many 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 to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day”.
(Matthew 20: 17-19)
Jesus comes closer and closer to His Passion and He feels the need for closeness, for confidence, and for comfort. He takes His most intimate followers aside and shares His suffering with them and His ‘fear’.
Unfortunately, the reaction of the Twelve and of the mother of the sons of Zebedee is absurd and places at the centre the dream of greatness and ambition in contrast with the reality of the Cross, the essential value for a Christian. At the end of this lowly discussion, and of the denseness of His closest friends, Jesus clarifies further the style of those who wish to follow Him, “whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many”.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall picture myself with Jesus as He tells me of His passion and I will thank Him and console Him.
Jesus, help me to understand more and more the value of the Cross.
The Voice of Pope Benedict XVI
We prostrate ourselves before a God who first bent over us, like the Good Samaritan, to help us and give us life again. He knelt before us to wash our dirty feet.