As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem,
he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves,
and said to them on the way,
“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem,
and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests
and the scribes,
and they will condemn him to death,
and hand him over to the Gentiles
to be mocked and scourged and crucified,
and he will be raised on the third day.”
Then 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 chalice that I am going to drink?”
They said to him, “We can.”
“My chalice 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.”
St Therese the Little Flower tells us about a major event which took place immediately after her Christmas conversion.
“One Sunday, looking at a picture of Our Lord in the cross I was struck by the blood flowing from one of the divine hands. I felt a great pang of sorrow when thinking this blood was falling on the ground in my prayer-book, the blood that was flowing from one of His Divine hands shocked me. I experienced a great pain when i was thinking of the blood dripping in the floor would rush to collect it and I decided to stay at the foot of the cross in order to receive the Divine dew which continued to flow. I understood that I needed to distribute it to souls…Jesus’ cry on the Cross resounded continually in my heart: ‘I thirst!’ These words ignited in me an unknown and very living fire…I wanted to give my Beloved to drink and I felt myself consumed with a thirst for souls. As yet, it was not the souls pf priests that attracted me, but those of great sinners; I burned with the desire to snatch them from the eternal flame.” Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta wrote, “Why does Jesus say ‘I thirst’? Something so hard to explain in words-if you remember anything from Mother’s letter, remember this – ‘I thirst’ is something much deeper than just Jesus saying ‘I love you.’ Until you know deep inside that Jesus thirsts for you-you can’t begin to know who he wants to be for you. Or who he wants you to be for him.”
Thought for the day: Jesus thirsts for your love. Think about it. The God who created the Heaven and the earth thirsts for your love. Jesus thirst for our love so much that he died on the cross for you. Pope Francis has told us many times, “We give Jesus the greatest joy when we allow him to love us from the cross.”