Daily Reflection for Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
Today’s reflection comes from a new reflection writer, parishioner Al Ammons. Thank you, Al!
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Sirach 36:1, 4-5a, 10-17
Responsorial: Psalm 79:8-9, 11, 13
Gospel: Mark 10:32-45
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
In today’s gospel, the apostles James and John ask Jesus for a special place in God’s Kingdom – on His right and left. Jesus replies by asking them if they can drink the chalice that He is to drink. They reply that they can, and Jesus assures them that they will. He then begins a discourse about being a servant of others as He is their servant. I suspect that most of us interpret the chalice as being the suffering and crucifixion that Jesus endured, and it is. But it is more.
In his book Can You Drink the Cup? Fr. Henri J.M. Nouwen explores other facets of the cup that become apparent as we turn the cup and live life. It is a cup of suffering and sorrow, joy and blessings, sharing and salvation. I see all of these as I lift and turn the cup.
I experienced this cup of suffering and sorrow when my wife was diagnosed with dementia. I was hurt and angry. Then as I turned the cup, I could see that it was also a cup of joy. The joy that had filled my life since I met Gail; the joy of remembering all of the times we have shared. A joy that I could not fully see until I lifted the cup and turned it.
As I turned it more, I became aware of the cup of blessings that I had and was receiving. The blessings of friends with whom I could talk and share what was happening. The blessings of being listened to with understanding and not being told what I must do.
I saw the cup of sharing--sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly. And receiving the care, the hope, and the prayers that were being shared with me. I learned more about myself and my relationship with God.
I have learned that the chalice that I have been given has many facets. They can only be seen and experienced if I lift the cup and drink from it. The cup is many things that can lead us closer to God and His salvation. It was a cup that I was very reluctant to receive and drink from but a cup that has brought me closer to God and His grace so freely given to me.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. Psalm 121