Jer. 18:18-20 | Ps. 31:5-6, 14-16 | Mt. 20:17-28
Jesus tells the apostles that He is going to Jerusalem and will be crucified. This is quite a statement filled with much sorrow and realization of the awful events that are to happen. The response from the disciples is one that says they did not hear, comprehend, understand, nor care. Instead of responding, the sons of thunder, James and John, have their mother become their spokesperson. They are looking for places of honor. Then the remainder of the apostles choose to ignore Jesus by becoming embroiled in an argument about who is the best or greatest. Imagine the pain this must have caused Jesus. Literally, all ignore Him and go their separate ways. How does Jesus respond? He reminds them that one must become the smallest or most humble if one is to be considered the greatest. What an example Jesus is. Instead of getting on a soap box, He simply reminds the disciples about becoming the greatest. No one is chastised, all are reminded about what it means to be a disciple.
Take time to be with Christ in His suffering. Console Jesus. Ask Jesus for the courage to remain faithful to Him. Work towards seeking love and being love. Consider ways to be a follower of Christ in all things today.