10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.By Susanne Timpani (No. 232)
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him.
And he said to her, “What do you want?”
She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.”
“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”
“We can,” they answered. Matthew 20:22
I’m a nurse; I’ve seen people suffer. I’ve helped calm women as they experience the agony of childbirth. I’ve administered morphine when the pain of cancer becomes too much to bare. I’ve held a mother as she wailed after the death of her child.
James and John want prestige, position and favouritism from Jesus. Instead he offers them suffering! And they accepted it. They went on to experience terrible suffering, and they persevered and endured.
Do we dare to sit before Jesus and allow Him to ask us, 'can you drink of this cup?'
During this season of Lent, why not try? We may be surprised at where our openness leads.
God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing, he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)