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Lenten Weekday
Jeremiah 18:18-20
Psalm 31:5-6, 14, 15-16
Matthew 20:17-28
Both readings tell of plots against God's chosen messengers. Although the first
only hints at what may follow, the Gospel lays out God˅s plan for Jesus suffering,
death and resurrection, albeit in two ˈtakes.ˉ
The plot against Jesus, which He describes in more detail, is interrupted by a sub-
plot about heavenly rewards. Why does this aberration appear and distract us at
such an important moment? The reason Jesus became man and came to live
among us: Jesus is describing his oncoming Passion, and nobody gets it. Even
Mom, who must have heard what He is focused on, had her own agenda (she does
the talking, notice, and not the boys) that, as a more mature person, she should be
able to see the importance of his message.