CATHOLIC HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK OF LENT (1)







CATHOLIC HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK OF LENT

THEME: THIRD TIME JESUS FORETELLS HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION….” Whoever wants to be more important in your group shall make himself your servant”

BY: Fr. Francesc JORDANA i Soler

 

HOMILY: Today, the Church —inspired by the Holy Spirit— proposes in this Lenten time a text where Jesus suggests to his disciples —and therefore to all of us— a change in mentality. Today, Jesus changes the human and earthly mentality of his disciples and opens up a new horizon of understanding concerning a new style of life for his followers.

We have a natural tendency towards a desire to dominate or subjugate things and people, to command and to order, to have things done as per our wishes, to have others accept our status, our position. Well, the way Jesus is proposing to us is just the opposite: “whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave” (Mt 20:26-27).

“Servant”, “slave”: we cannot just take these words at their face value! We have heard them hundreds of times, sure, but now we must be able to assimilate the reality of what they actually mean, and confront it with our attitude and behavior.
The II Vatican Council asserts that «man cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself». We may be under the impression we are giving our life, but, in fact, we are finding it. He who does not live to serve does not serve to live. And, in this attitude Christ should be our perfect model —Jesus is fully man—, inasmuch as “the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mt 20:28).

To become a servant, a slave, as Jesus calls us upon, is something almost impossible for us. It falls short of our weak will: so we are to implore, to hope for and to profoundly wish these gifts are granted to us. Lent and its Lenten practices —fasting, charity and prayer— remind us that to receive these gifts we have to prepare ourselves properly.

Fr. Francesc JORDANA i Soler
(Mirasol, Barcelona, Spain)

 

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