Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Lack of understanding

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Do we really understand the things that are happening around us or are we just caught up in our own little worlds? I am not speaking specifically about dealing with Covid-19, but rather about things in general. It is easy to look at the world through our own 'rose-tinted' glasses and not to see from the perspective of others.

Take the reading for today. Jesus has just explained to his disciples that he is on a journey to be 'tortured and crucified' and all they are consumed with is: "Can I be awared the number spot in your kingdom?!"
True, it was actually James and John's mother who asked the question, but it still speaks of an underlying self-centredness. Please read through these words and allow them to add to your personal Lenten journey today:

17-19 Jesus, now well on the way up to Jerusalem, took the Twelve off to the side of the road and said, “Listen to me carefully. We are on our way up to Jerusalem. When we get there, the Son of Man will be betrayed to the religious leaders and scholars. They will sentence him to death. They will then hand him over to the Romans for mockery and torture and crucifixion. On the third day he will be raised up alive.”
20 It was about that time that the mother of the Zebedee brothers came with her two sons and knelt before Jesus with a request.
21 “What do you want?” Jesus asked.
She said, “Give your word that these two sons of mine will be awarded the highest places of honor in your kingdom, one at your right hand, one at your left hand.”
22 Jesus responded, “You have no idea what you’re asking.” And he said to James and John, “Are you capable of drinking the cup that I’m about to drink?”
They said, “Sure, why not?”
23 Jesus said, “Come to think of it, you are going to drink my cup. But as to awarding places of honor, that’s not my business. My Father is taking care of that.” - Matthew 20 (The Message)

Fyodor Dostoyevsky once remarked: "The world says: "You have needs -- satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don't hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more." This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom."

What is Freedom for you?
What does Jesus think of Feedom?

Living in Grace

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