James and John said to Jesus: Teacher, there is something we want to ask you…when you sit on your throne in your glorious Kingdom, we want you to let us sit with you, one on your left and one on your right. Mark 10:35&37
Jesus said: The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them. And you are my friends, if you do what I command you. John 15:13-14
Peter said: I will never leave you, even if all the rest do!
You are stretched out on the cross you have carried so far. The soldiers take big nails and drive them into your hands and feet. You feel abandoned by the people you loved so much. People seem to have gone mad. You have done nothing but good, yet they drive nails through your hands and feet.
As a child, sometimes we hurt others. Sometimes we join with friends and decide not to like another. We gang up against another and cause them hurt and pain.
As an adult, sometimes we discriminate against others. Even without thinking, we judge others because of their colour, religion or name. We forget that we are to live as a brother or sister to all people.
Lord, we are well aware that we do not always live up to our aspirations and our promises. We do not know whether we could meet the challenge to lay down our lives for our friends. Give us the humility to know ourselves as we really are, and be close to all those who still today must sacrifice everything for their faith.
Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer