SECOND WEEK OF LENT
Wednesday, March 15
Class of 2020
How Far Will You Go for Christ?
“Are you able to drink the chalice that I am to drink?” -Matthew 20:22
As I settled into my new home at the Mount last semester, many anxious thoughts ran through my mind. When I was deciding where to attend college, I felt drawn to the Mount through prayer and knew that God wanted me here. However, in response to my anxious thoughts, the first weeks soon became a little bit like a discernment period for me to delve deeply into why God wanted me here, and it quickly turned into a spiritual journey for me to answer the question of, “how far will I go for Christ?” I honestly felt like I was barely able to follow Him 45 minutes away from my Maryland home, let alone to become a great missionary or witness for Him. Thankfully, a priest’s homily early in the semester powerfully reminded me of the gravity of my (and all Christians’) mission with the words, “Martyrdom is an option.” Though I still missed my family often, I soon grew to desire zeal and love for Christ more than the comfort of being at home. It made the chalice easier to drink, a “lighter yoke” to carry.
In the scriptures today, Jesus reminds us that we need to be ready for great sacrifice, the “chalice” that He is to drink. In fact, we should be willing to give up everything for Him. Both the Psalmist and Jeremiah are examples of this radical, unconditional love we must strive to imitate. They plead to the Lord even after writing that those around them are attempting to torture and provoke them, even to the point of threatening their lives. Can we also trust in the Lord’s plan for our lives even when we don’t feel that our faith gives us physical comfort or worldly authority? This Lent, right at this moment, is the perfect time to refocus on our priorities as Christians and decide whether or not we are willing to sacrifice everything for Him. How far will you go for Him?
Jesus, help me to give everything to You. It is so hard to stay close to You sometimes but with Your grace, I want to be all in for You. Please help me to be open to Your grace and willing to “drink the chalice” that You drank when You died for me. Amen.
Jer 18:18-20 Ps 31:5-6, 14, 15-16 Mt 20:17-28