Lenten reflections 2018 - 02 - Wednesday - Second week of Lent


Wednesday - Second week of Lent


(Jeremiah 18: 18-20; Matthew 20: 17-28)

 `Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?'


Jeremiah questions God: 'Must good be repaid with evil that they should dig a pit to take my life? Remember that I stood before you to speak in their behalf. Does this sound familiar? We may say - I have given everything to develop this or that project and now I am to be retrenched? I spent myself completely at the service of my work, my family, my church and my friends and even they stab me in the back with their gossiping and criticism. The people in the time of Jeremiah could not tolerate the truth or the presence of those who speak of justice, conversion and forgiveness. Jeremiah knew that the only protection from such people is God, so he turned to God whom he believed to be his only protection.


In the gospel, Jesus knows the effect his presence is having on the structures and powers of his own nation and Temple. He tries to help his disciples understand the vehemence with which evil confronts pure goodness and the lengths to which human beings will go to avoid facing the truth which demands atonement for evil committed. At Mass we hear the words of Jesus, 'Take and eat, take and drink - do this in memory of me' - a total outpouring of love, of forgiveness, of life itself. Do we really want to partake of the chalice that demands all. 'All' meaning not only the radical loving of God, myself and neighbour, but accepting non recognition, non-appreciation, allowing the effects of anger, jealousy and threat to strip me of egocentricity so that I may indeed be a chalice of God's outpouring love to the other. Jesus speaks of his own brutal death but the disciples do not want to listen. Am I willing to take the risk to listen.................. accompany Jesus to the cross?


Breath Prayer:

 I breathe in:      'Oh God, lead me from the unreal'

 I breathe out:    'To that which is real'



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