What do you wish me to do for you? 18Oct2015

Consider Jesus’ offer for a few brief moments . . . . . . . .

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How would you respond? . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .What present day needs are uppermost in your mind?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

More than once Jesus told us we need to become like little children in order to enter the Kingdom of God but, are we not already “like little children,” constantly going to Jesus, like James and John, asking Him to fulfill those deepest yearnings of our hearts? No, I’m not talking about the good and honest prayers of intercessions for others or for the world but those selfish prayers, unknown to our conscious mind, hidden deep in the recesses of our hearts, known only to God and barely to ourselves, which are the childlike longings for guarantees in life to be free of trial, free of distress, and free of complications. We long for a peace of mind… as defined by our weak human desires.

The request of James and John does not go unnoticed. Jesus offers to grant it, for a price. “Can you drink the cup?” They are “like little children,” so eager to have Jesus grant their wish that they say, “Yes,” without even knowing or understanding the consequences of the price.

Now, consider being at the foot of the cross, witnessing the agony Jesus endures for our selfishness. He breathes His last and His body goes limp. We’re numb with grief and cannot leave. The soldier comes to break the legs of the crucified to hasten their deaths but, Jesus is already dead, so he lances open His side. Blood and Water, those two essential fluids of life, gush forth. His Blessed Mother reaches out with a cup to catch some of the fluid and turns to offer it to us. Can we drink it? Do we understand what it means to take the fluids of life from Jesus’ body and make them part of our own? What sufferings would that bring? What Peace, unlike that of the world’s, would fill our hearts? We can only drink this cup with the prayer, “Jesus, I Trust in you.”

Deacon Richard

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