WORD of the DAY
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 to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day. (Matthew 20: 18-19)
Jesus speaks clearly about the journey of the sequela. The disciples must follow the Teacher even if they must suffer like Him. The disciples are frightened and they accompany Him with fear. They do not understand what is happening. Suffering did not go with the idea they had of the Messiah.
However, even hearing this announcement of death, two disciples present a request to Him through their mother to obtain the first places. The disciples not only do not understand the weight of Jesus’ message, but they continue with their personal ambitions. While Jesus is insisting on service and the gift of self, they continue to ask for the first places in the Kingdom. They looked at Jesus with the same look as ever, of the past. They wanted a recompense for having followed Jesus.
“You do not know what you are asking!” He asks them if they are able to drink the chalice that He, Jesus, would drink and if they are ready to receive the baptism He will receive. It is the chalice of suffering, the baptism of blood! Jesus wants to know if they, instead of the place of honor, accept to give their life to the death.
The disciples accept drinking the same chalice of suffering; they accept without knowing what this decision means. Only in the certainty of the Resurrection will they discover the greatness of this acceptance that leads them to serve with love.
Jesus, give us the strength of love that even without knowing everything, we trust in You.
The voice of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus
Let us offer our sufferings to Jesus to save souls. Poor souls! They have fewer graces than we do and yet the blood of a God was poured out to save them. Jesus is ready to make their salvation depend on a breath of our heart. What a mystery! If a breath can save a soul, how much can God do with our sufferings? Let us never refuse anything to Jesus!