Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 20,20-28
The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.
He said to her, “What do you wish?” She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom.”
Jesus said in reply, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?” They said to him, “We can.”
He replied, “My cup you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers.
But Jesus summoned them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
1) The mother: These apostles’ mother seek to assure them, She is safe, but they are not. How often does this situation happen? When you as a mom or a dad want to give everything to your son or daughter, but you forget that your child has to make their own way and make their own decisions. I must point out something to you, these apostles were not children, they were adults. In this passage, I think Jesus is referring to those mothers who control their children and then they do not learn to take responsibility for their own lives. She is still leading them.
I remember a friend who never grew up. He had children and was in his thirties, but still lived off his parents pension and still lived at home with them.
I don’t know why this friend comes to mind, but what I do know that his mother was looking for work for him in the city and was far more worried than he was.
2) Power: How much does power seize us? How easily does it enslave us? Power is like an anesthetic… when you least expect it sedates you and it takes over.
If powerful positions are not hand in hand with spirituality and a supernatural vision, the desire for power can take over you and make you too proud, looking down on your family and friends like employees rather than brothers.
It can happen to you as a husband looking at your wife as an employee, or vice versa; or to you as a son seeing your father or mother as an ATM, these are examples of believing you have power. Or as priests who instead of looking at parishioners as brothers look at them as servants. Watch out ! Power is meant to be used to serve others and not to be served by others.
3) Rescue: Service is one of the keys to bringing about the Kingdom of God. Why is it that priests and those who serve in the Church are called “ministers”? The term “minister” in Greek means: “the least of those who serve” … We should serve ! That is why the term “ministers” was also used by public officials. Today, let us pray to serve as “the least” or ministers; to serve and not expect power or attention. Don’t allow power to take over and do not start being bossy or deciding the lives of others; rather seek to share Jesus with others through service and simplicity.
GOD bless you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Heaven is our goal.