Journey through Lent 2018 at St. Anthony's
REFLECTIONS FROM THE PEWS
Wednesday - Second Week of Lent
February 28, 2018

In the Gospel of Matthew 20:17-28, Jesus explains to his disciples for the third time of his impending death. The twelve do not understand what is coming. The mother of James and John then comes to Jesus and on her knees asks for a favor of him. As a mother (and as a daughter), I understand that the mother is asking for her sons to have a glorified position with Jesus. Throughout the years of raising my children, I have found myself in this same place, whether it is through intervening at schools or through my prayers asking for special favor for one of my children. 

As I have grown in faith those prayers are now more in line for what God wants for my children and not so much as what I think they should have. I am learning to embrace the position of being a servant as Jesus asks of us. In Jeremiah 18:18-20, we see a servant of God doing as he is told and suffering in this life by doing so. He cries out to God to "Remember that I stood before you to speak in their behalf, to turn away your wrath from them." Jeremiah lost his life on earth for his devotion, but he will have eternal life with God. Finally in Psalm 31, David speaks of his trust in God even as those around him plot against him. 

These faithful servants, Jeremiah and David, give us hope and insight to the true relationship we can have with the Trinity. 

Tina Wagschal
St. Anthony Parishioner (and ministry to shut-ins, recycling coordinator, religious education Catechist)