"Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your Kingdom."How often we think that getting that higher place in office or in the business place is filled with prestige and power and money. It usually is to some degree but what is not often talked about is the amount of sacrifice and hardships that go along with the power and prestige.
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."
He replied, "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."
In today's Gospel from Matthew we read of the mother of the sons of Zebedee asking for her children to have the seats at the right and at the left of Jesus. Jesus, fully knowing exactly what it was that she was asking says to her that those places are not for him to give away but that those places had already been chosen by his Heavenly Father, God.
One lesson that we can learn from in this Gospel is that we don't have any idea what a burden places of responsibility an be. For instance, when I first joined the Salesians I thought it would be a grat job to one day be the Provincial or even a Director. After being around now for over 5 years I can say with great certainty that I do not want those jobs. I would not choose them for myself. But, if asked I would most certainly serve.
Those places of importance, bishop, pastor, director, provincial, pope, are all appointments that come with a great amount of sacrifice of a person to whom that post is appointed. The person must be humble of heart and approach that role with love and sincerity. S as to not lord their position over those to whom they have been charged by God to serve.
God bless you! ~Br. Adam
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