Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 20:17-28 – SECOND WEEK OF LENT: Wednesday, 28 February 2018
For the third time, Jesus predicts His coming suffering and death. Mrs. Zebedee interrupts to ask the her two sons – James and John – get a short cut to glory. Jesus’ response is that there is no short cut to spiritual glory or spiritual life.
We cannot bypass the cross. Suffering can take many forms in our life. It can be a recognition of our personal limitations – we simply cannot do or be anything we would like. It can be the suffering that comes from dull routine. It can take the form of our inability to change or reach certain other people. It can be our frustration with ourselves and the realization that personal change is not as facile as self-help books suggest. The spiritual value of these sufferings derives from our making them an integral part of our spiritual life rather that denying or refusing them. When we do that, we become less judgmental of others and less perfectionistic in our expectations.
If we adopt the attitude of the Lord, we will see our suffering not as a penalty but as a service to our brothers and sisters.
Suffering is not detour or mistake but our unique way of serving the Lord.
Jakarta, 28 February 2018
A Christian Pilgrim