Daily Reflection May 28 2008: Wednesday Week 8 of the Year

Collect of the Day:

Lord, remember the new covenant, which has been sealed with the blood of the Lamb.
May your people receive forgiveness for their sins
and move ever forward towards redemption.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.
Amen.

Today’s Readings:

The First Reading: I Peter: 1:18-25:You have been ransomed in the precious Blood of Christ, a spotless lamb.

The Gospel: Mark: 10:32-45: Now we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over.

In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us:

“Anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of Man Himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

In Church communities as anywhere else in life we can often find ourselves or others seeking the limelight or special attention for our efforts. This is only natural, and to some extent healthy for our own sense of self worth. It can become a problem when it becomes obsessive, jealous, envious or the sole focus of our service. Jesus, as we have just read told us that to be first we must become the servant of all, and likewise He often said ‘The first will be last’ and ‘The last will be first’ and He told the religious self righteous of His day that ‘The Sinners and Prostitutes’ would enter the Kingdom before them.

These sayings I feel should be heeded by those who consider themselves the religious elite of the day as well, especially by the Churches Clergy who hold such titles a Reverend, Very Reverend, Most Reverend etc. Never forgetting to hold before their eyes the very model of leadership the Christ Himself instituted while here on earth; that is to say SERVANT LEADERSHIP!!!!

Saint Paul tells us that ‘Christ did not not count equality with God as something to be grasped.’ That ‘ He humbled Himself and was obedient even to death.’ ‘Death on the Cross.’ This self emptying of Jesus, the Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, is in theological terms known as Kenosis. In simple terms while on earth He gave up His Divine Rights and endured life as we experience it, with all its sorrows, hardships and temptations. He hungered, felt weary, was betrayed and denied, felt sorrow and even righteous anger.

Out of all the major religions, Christianity is the only one in which where God is not the total other, we do not have to raise ourselves up to a God who has not experienced what we experience, but our God came and ‘Dwelt among us’ as one of us. Jesus came to be the servant of all, and to give His life as a ransom for those born before the Incarnation and those after and those yet to be born.

As we are told daily at Holy Mass: ‘This is the cup of My Blood, the Blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for ALL so that sins may be forgiven.’ (my emphasis).

St. Peter today also reminds us of this ransom: ‘You have been ransomed in the precious Blood of Christ, a spotless lamb.’ So when we are plagued by ego or our own sense of self achievement, I ask you all to remember the price and the Kenosis that our Blessed Lord went through to win us the free gift of eternal salvation. So that we may be prepared to humble ourselves, taking up our own crosses and daily dying to our selfish desires.

IHS

Msgr. Ian+

A PRAYER IN HONOUR OF THE FIVE WOUNDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST:
O God, Come unto my assistance. R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.
My dearest Lord Jesus Crucified, bending low before Thee, with Mary most holy and with all the Angels and Saints in paradise, I adore the most holy Wound in Thy right Hand. I give Thee thanks for the infinite love, wherewith Thou didst will to suffer so many bitter pains because of my sins which I detest with all my heart; I implore Thee to grant graciously to Thy holy Church victory over all her enemies, and to all her children grace to walk in holiness in the way of Thy commandments.
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…
My dearest Lord Jesus Crucified, bending low before Thee, with Mary most holy and with all the Angels and Saints in paradise, I adore the sacred Wound in Thy left Hand, and I beseech Thee for grace for all poor sinners, for the dying, and especially for those who will not be reconciled to Thee.
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…
My dearest Lord Jesus Crucified, bending low before Thee, with Mary most holy and with all the Angels and Saints in paradise, I adore the sacred Wound in Thy right Foot, and I beg of Thee this grace, that countless flowers of holiness may blossom among the clergy and all those who are consecrated to Thee.
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…
My dearest Lord Jesus Crucified, bending low before Thee, with Mary most holy and with all the Angels and Saints in paradise, I adore the sacred Wound in Thy left Foot, and implore Thee to deliver the holy souls in purgatory, and especially those who in life were most devout toward Thy sacred Wounds.
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…
My dearest Lord Jesus Crucified, bending low before Thee, with Mary most holy and with all the Angels and Saints in paradise, I adore the sacred Wound in Thy most holy Side, and I pray Thee to bless and graciously hear all those who have recommended themselves to my prayers.
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…
V. O Virgin most sorrowful, R. Pray for us (to be repeated three times).
My Crucified Jesus, confirm these prayers by the merits of Thy Passion; give me holiness of life, the grace to receive Thy holy Sacraments at the hour of my death, and glory everlasting.
Amen.

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