Commentary on the Gospel of
In the Gospel of today we listen to the discourse of Jesus on his impending passion and death, then comes the request for the “choicest place” in the kingdom and finally, the admonitions of Jesus. Jesus was speaking about the heart of his ministry, the vivid expression of God’s love for humanity – his passion and cross for our salvation. There comes a request for glory. Jesus takes his time to remind both the mother of James and John of the place of the cross in the journey of a follower.
At times we may want to follow Christ to his kingdom of glory but not to his cross. As Jesus repeatedly asserted, following him entails readiness to carry one’s cross and come after him (Matt 16:24). We encounter many different challenges on our journey of witnessing to Christ; insults, discrimination, calumny, mockery, contradiction and so on, yet these form part of our Christian calling. Hence, the call to service, to the point of sacrificing our time, energy, resources, talents for the good of others is key to the Christian vocation. Each day we may have to assess our level of conformity to Christ who came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. May the Lord strengthen our resolve to conform ourselves to Christ.