The Art of Humble Service
February 28, 2018
2nd Week of Lent
1st Reading: Jer 18:18-20
Gospel: Mt 20:17-28
When Jesus was going to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve aside and said to them on the way, “See, we are going to Jerusalem. There the Son of Man will be given over to the chief priests and the teachers of the Law who will condemn him to death. They will hand him over to the foreigners who will mock him, scourge him and crucify him. But he will be raised to life on the third day.”
Then the mother of James and John came to Jesus with her sons, and she knelt down to ask a favor. Jesus said to her, “What do you want?” And she answered, “Here you have my two sons. Grant that they may sit, one at your right and one at your left, when you are in your kingdom.”
Jesus said to the brothers, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They answered, “We can.” Jesus replied, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right or at my left is not for me to grant. That will be for those for whom the Father has prepared it.”
The other ten heard all this and were angry with the two brothers. Then Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the nations act as tyrants, and the powerful oppress them. It shall not be so among you; whoever wants to be more important in your group shall make himself your servant. And if you want to be first, make yourself the servant of all. Be like the Son of Man who has come, not to be served but to serve and to give his life to redeem many.”
Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience
In yesterday’s Gospel, Jesus scolded the Pharisees for allowing ambition to take the upper hand. Lambasting them for their hypocrisy Jesus said, “They tie up heavy burdens and load them on the shoulders of the people, but they do not even raise a finger to move them”. In today’s Gospel, Jesus does the same to the Apostles. He tells them, “You know that the rulers of the nations act as tyrants, and the powerful oppress them.
It shall not be so among you; whoever wants to be more important in your group shall make himself your servant”.
Pharisees or Apostles, we all need to learn the art of service. But the greater responsibility to learn this art lies on the shoulders of the latter because they are closer to the Lord. The hypocrisy resulting from failure to absorb the humble ways of the Master is worse than the hypocrisy of the Pharisees who did not have the privilege of closer contact with the Lord. Such followers sporting this worse from of hypocrisy is disastrous to the faith of God’s flock because of the scandal they create. -(Atty.) Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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