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THE COMPLEXITY OF GREATNESS

UNDAILY Episode 72


Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. “What is it you want? „He asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” “You don’t know what you are asking, „Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.” When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave —just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


MATTHEW 20, 17-28 (NIV)


We stand before a tale that, at first glance, seems fraught with darkness and suffering, yet it is the essence of hope and light. Drawn from the Gospel of Matthew, it recounts an event during Jesus's journey to Jerusalem. This path serves as a metaphor for life's challenges and aspirations.

 

In the face of impending events, Jesus did not conceal from his disciples what awaited him: rejection, mockery, suffering, and ultimately death on the cross. This foretelling of the Passion is simultaneously a promise of resurrection. But isn't this the paradox of our faith? Greatness is revealed through service, and life triumphs over death.


 

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