Gospel of Matthew 20:17-28 Reflection:
Again we have this close connection between the first and second readings. In Jeremiah the Jews are plotting against the prophet by conniving and devious plans. In Matthew, the mother of the sons of Zebedee is trying get cushy jobs for her sons in Jesus' new administration.
Because we become followers does not mean we become perfect. But it does mean that we should be on our guard for the times in our lives when the old ways resurface.
It is so difficult to leave the ways of the world behind. We still seek the shortcut. We make wee deals with God when we pray, we try to curry favour. It is the human way.
That's the wonderful thing about a God who has come to walk among us.
He knows our weaknesses and he sees through our wee games....and still loves us.