Wednesday, July 23, 2008

It is good to reflect on the final instructions Our Lord gave to His disciples at the Last Supper. Someone said once the reason Romans persecuted Christians so severely was their inability to understand and accept Christ teaching concerning love of ones enemies, for their philosophy was to hate, to conquer and preferably to kill enemies. Therefore Christianity was considered as dangerous to the Roman Imperial integrity. For men of the world honours, riches and power are most desirable and worthy of every effort and pain. The disciples, acting like typical men of the world were busy distributing among themselves imaginary honours and riches in the promised Kingdom of their Master. How different was to be their future and how they were changed by Christ Death, Resurrection and the descent of the Holy Ghost. How huge is the gap between worldly and spiritual man....

Luke 22:24-30
And there was also a strife amongst them, which of them should seem to be the greater. And he said to them: The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and they that have power over them are called beneficent. But you not so: but he that is the greater among you, let him become as the younger: and he that is the leader, as he that serveth. For which is greater, he that sitteth at table or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at table? But I am in the midst of you, as he that serveth. And you are they who have continued with me in my temptations: And I dispose to you, as my Father hath disposed to me, a kingdom; That you may eat and drink at my table, in my kingdom: and may sit upon thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Picture by Duccio di Buoninsegna