Despite what you may have heard, Jeremiah was not a bullfrog. He was a prophet. And because of that, people turned against him. In today’s first reading, we see that. Even though Jeremiah stood in the gap to plead for the people, they plotted against him to kill him.
In the Gospel reading from Matthew 20, the mother of James and John pleads to Jesus to allow her two boys to sit at his right and left when He comes into His kingdom. Jesus asks the men if they can “drink the chalice that I am going to drink?” When they reply, “We can,” Jesus tells them, “My chalice you will indeed drink.” In other words, they would suffer a similar fate. The cost of their faith would be high, indeed.
When we choose to follow Jesus, there will be a cost for us as well. For some, it will mean lost relationships. Others may suffer ridicule. Some will pay the ultimate price as martyrs. I like to put it like this: When you decide to follow Jesus, it won’t cost you a lot – it will cost you everything.
Father, may we always stay strong in our faith, regardless of the cost. Amen.
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