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Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink

James 1:12: Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, we thank you, we praise you for sending your Son to defeat the power of death and provide us the ultimate victory. We are grateful to you and we thank again. Be with us this day bless all activities we do, protect us from all harm, and guide us. In Infant Jesus' name we praise you. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (March 23, 2011)
Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent
First Reading:  Jeremiah 18:18-20
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 31:5-6,14,15-16
Gospel:  Matthew 20:17-28
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 20:17-28)
On three various occasions the Gospels record that Jesus foresaw he would endure great suffering through betrayal, denial, and the punishment of a cruel death. The Jews resorted to stoning and the Romans to crucifixion – the most painful and embarrassing death they could devise for criminals they wanted to get rid of. No wonder the apostles were very much distressed at such a prediction! If Jesus their Guru were put to death, then they would likely be given the same treatment by their enemies. His disciples must drink his cup if they anticipating to reign with him in his kingdom. The cup he had in mind was a bitter one connecting crucifixion. Jesus called himself the “Son of Man” because this was a ordinary Jewish title for the Messiah. Why must the Messiah be discarded and killed? Did not God assure that his anointed One would bring his people from their oppression and set up a kingdom of peace and justice? The prophet Isaiah had predicted that it was God’s will that the “Suffering Servant” makes compensation for sins through his suffering and death. Jesus paid the cost for our redemption with his blood. Slavery to sin is to want the incorrect things and to be in repression to destructive desires. The ransom Jesus paid sets us free from the most horrible tyranny possible - the tyranny of sin and the fear of death. Jesus’ take-over did not end with death but triumphed over the tomb. Jesus defeated the powers of death through his resurrection. Do you want the most liberty possible, the freedom to live as God truly destined us to live as his sons and daughters?
(Sunday Homilies - Sermon by Fr Kuriakose)


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