Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent
Do you ever feel as though no one is listening, and you are just talking to the wind? A teacher says, “Class, please be quiet?” and the students keep on talking. A parent says, “Stop playing that video game and get your homework done.” And the children keep on playing. In our readings, people are not being listened to, and they are just doing what they want to do.
In our first reading, Jeremiah has been sent to the people to speak the Word of God to the people. The people of Jerusalem and Judah are no longer listening to what Jeremiah has to say, and they now are plotting to kill him.
In our Gospel, Jesus has just spoken to the disciples of how is to be handed over and to die on the cross. The disciples do not hear what he is saying and making matters worse James and John have gone home and told their mother, and she is now come to defend her boys before Jesus. She too does not listen to Jesus.
Jesus brings his disciples to him and he speaks to them what will be the very core teaching of his ministry and mission. Jesus says, “If you want to be great then be a servant to all people.”
What challenges me in our readings, is that the people who are not listening are not the enemies of Jeremiah, it is not the Gentiles in the time of Jesus. The ones that are not listening are the Holy People of God and the chosen disciples! Let us not be quick to judge.
How do we need to hear the Word of God spoken to us and be great as we serve all we meet.