Drink the Cup – Reflection on Mark 10:35-45 ~
Like James and John, Christ offers us the opportunity to drink the cup as He did. Experience will tell you that this offer has far more meaning, as it comes with significant challenges. To commit forever with your unique Yes is not easy. Much is asked, including fully spiritually joining on the Cross. We cannot think of this process as a reward but instead share Christ inside with others as a humble servant.
The Request of James and John
35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39 They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42 So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this Lectio Divina Mark 10:35-45 Reflection – Drink the Cup that I Drink.
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Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite the world’s distractions.