whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 12:00 AM to Thursday, February 21, 2008 12:00 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).

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Words of Jesus

"… It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; 28 even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Matthew 20:26-28

What little love for God you have when you give in without a fight because it's not a grave sin!

— St. Josemaria Escriva

Abba, Father, Lord God, Father of light, in You is found no shadow of change but only the fullness of life and limitless truth. Open my heart to the voice of Your Word and free me from the original darkness that shadows my vision. Restore my sight that I may look upon Your Son who calls us to repentance and a change of heart, for He lives and reigns with You forever and ever. O Lord give me a servants heart and the wisdom and knowledge to know how, when and who You want me to serve. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Jeremiah 18:18-20<http://www.ewtn.com/vbible/search.asp?abbr=Jer&ch=18&bv1=18&ev1=20>

18 Then they said, "Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah, for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not heed any of his words." 19 Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to my plea. 20 Is evil a recompense for good? Yet they have dug a pit for my life. Remember how I stood before thee to speak good for them, to turn away thy wrath from them.

Psalm 31:5-6, 14-16<http://www.ewtn.com/vbible/search.asp?abbr=Ps&ch=31&bv1=5&ev1=6&bv2=14&ev2=16>

5 Into thy hand I commit my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God. 6 Thou hatest those who pay regard to vain idols; but I trust in the LORD. 14 But I trust in thee, O LORD, I say, "Thou art my God." 15 My times are in thy hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors! 16 Let thy face shine on thy servant; save me in thy steadfast love!

Matthew 20:17-28<http://www.ewtn.com/vbible/search.asp?abbr=Matt&ch=20&bv1=17&ev1=28>

17 And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, 18 "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death, 19 and deliver him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day." 20 Then the mother of the sons of Zeb'edee came up to him, with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21 And he said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Command that these two sons of mine may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom." 22 But Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?" They said to him, "We are able." 23 He said to them, "You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father." 24 And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; 28 even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Lenten Reflections<http://origin.ewtn.com/faith/lent/>

Pope Benedict XVI Encyclical Letter<http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20071130_spe-salvi_en.html>

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