Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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


I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life. Jn 8:12

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

Jeremiah 18:18-20

My soul's beloved, despite all You have done for us it seems the world is further away from God than it ever was. You have stood in the beach and bridged the yawning chasm between God and man taking upon Yourself our iniquity and becoming sin, tasting death in order to make recompense for the sins of humanity from the first Adam until the last. The world has mistakenly beloved that if they endeavour to remove You from our world then we would have lost nothing for there would still be priests and wise men to give instruction. You enemies continue to pay careful attention to all You said in order to destroy You with Your own words. Over and over again history mistakenly believes that the wicked have succeeded and over and over again history has been proved wrong. Although we have paid You evil for good You have brought about the greatest good of all using our won wickedness. Thank You for overcoming sin an death by Your ultimate Sacrifice for us.

Psalm 31:5-6, 14-16

My soul's beloved, Your loving kindness has saved the world. Even though evil plotted against You, bound You as a criminal and crucified You giving You a punishment that was only reserved for the most wicked yet, You did not flinch from the scourge that was to flay Your body, the nails driven through Your flesh, the spear that pierced Your side and the crowns that pressed cruelly against Your head. You endured all for me and after laying down Your life Your Spirit returned to Your Father. The price was paid forever. Ever cry that was ever raised to God to be rescued from the terrible clutches of sin was answered when You became one like us and offered Yourself up to the Father as a willing Victim for our sins. Thank You my Beloved.

Matthew 20:17-28

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 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."

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons
and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.
He said to her, "What do you wish?"
She answered him,
"Command that these two sons of mine sit,
one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom."
Jesus said in reply,
"You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?"
They said to him, "We can."
He replied,
"My chalice you will indeed drink,
but to sit at my right and at my left,
this is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father."
When the ten heard this,
they became indignant at the two brothers.
But Jesus summoned them and said,
"You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and the great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
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."

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