On to Jerusalem

In today’s gospel we see that for the disciples, suffering was not in agreement with the idea that they had of the Messiah. The disciples were terrified, and those who were behind were afraid. They did not understand what was happening. If we know what awaits us as we serve the Lord, we will not be disappointed, discouraged or frustrated. A disciple must follow the Master, even if it entails suffering with him.

Because of our fallen nature we often ask of God those things which are not good for us. They said to Jesus,

“Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” (Mk 10:35).

It definitely shows commendable faith to ask for the great things he has promised but it was a culpable presumption on the part of these disciples to make such a boundless demand upon their Master.

The position of a servant is a lowly one, but it reflects the glory of the Master. For the servant there will indeed be joys and sorrows,

“The cup that I drink, you will drink … but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give.” (Mk 10:39-40a).

It is the will of Christ that we should prepare for sufferings, and leave it to him to recompense us for them. Can he forget the servants’ works of faith and labour of love? There is indeed glory to come,

“For those for whom it has been prepared.” (Mk 10:40b).

In our world today, we exercise leadership with power and control. Jesus said it’s not that way; in the kingdom of God you lead people by working on their behalf. Jesus said,

“Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.” (Mk 10:43b-44).

Is your focus directed to what you are able to give to others or on what you can get from them? Let us, therefore, learn from him who went with boldness to Jerusalem, not stepping back even when it came to the hardest part of his leadership, to lay down his life for us.

“They were on the way; going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus went ahead of them.” (Mk 10:32a).

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About Frank Padilla

Founder of the Couples for Christ (CFC) community. Way back in 1981, CFC was started through the initiative of the Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon Community (LNP). In January 1981, LNP gathered 16 couples who went through a Life in the Spirit Seminar, with the intent of bringing them into LNP. But instead they were kept together for a few months after the program, until it was decided that a new group would be established to emphasize family life renewal. It would be an outreach of LNP. Frank and Gerry Padilla were among the 16 couples that became members in June of 1981 when CFC was born. Frank quickly emerged to be a top leader, and in 1985, he was already the Executive Director, running the day-to-day work of the whole community. In 1986 he went full-time for CFC and has been serving the community since, through two separate splits the community saw. Today he serves as the Servant General of CFC-FFL (Couples for Christ-Foundation for Family and Life). Know more about the founder at CFC-FFL

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