“Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”

Matthew 20: 17-28

How do we feel telling people that we are Catholic? Do we feel that the Church has been unfairly targeted by some in the media and other groups? Do we feel a bit embarrassed to admit that we are Catholic? However we are feeling, we have a chance to drink the cup that Jesus drank and to know better how He felt in His passion.

Jesus knew that His followers would not always be honoured and treated like lords. Instead, sometimes they would be mocked and persecuted like Him. How do we react to opposition? Do we withdraw or respond with anger? Jesus continued to Jerusalem, even though He knew what was waiting for Him. He gave us the example of serving and giving His life as a ransom for many. If we follow Jesus, we will die with Him but we will rise with Him.