03 March 2010

Today’s Readings: Jer 18:18-20/Mt 20:17-28

Imagine Jesus telling his disciples, his group of friends the painful experiences that were about to transpire: his arrest, his suffering and his execution. Jesus also attempted to give them the assurance that ultimately victory will have the last word in Jesus’ rising again. The Gospel reading did not say anything on the reaction of the disciples. “Deadma” in our colloquial language would mean no reaction. The disciples were “deadma” to what Jesus was saying.

Did the disciples not comprehend? Were the words of Jesus too much for them? Perhaps. But the second part of today’s Gospel gives us a clue on the reason why they seem not to give much attention to what Jesus was saying.

The ten disciples were indignant on James and John because their mother requested that each of the two will sit at the left and right of Jesus in his kingdom. The ten felt that the two brothers were putting one over them. Actually, each one of the disciples yearned that he will take the top seat with Jesus. They could not listen to what Jesus was saying because they were preoccupied with their personal agenda.

As we continue our Lenten journey towards Easter, let us ask ourselves whether we can hardly hear what Jesus is communicating to us because our personal agenda block us from hearing. Are we like the disciples who were “deadma” to Jesus because of too much concern with what we want?

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