THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
OVERWHELMED WITH GRIEF
Today’s gospel: Matthew 17:22-27
Don’t we sometimes say, “I have bad news and I
have good news”? Thus Jesus tells his disciples about
himself, “they will kill him, and he will be raised
on the third day.” (v.23a). How did his disciples take
it? “And they were overwhelmed with grief.” (v.23b).
They focused on the bad news but then seemed to be unmindful
of the good news.
Christians, we must always look to the good news. We are saved,
and our Savior is Jesus. The bad news? We will have to suffer
much in order to enter the Kingdom of God. But then, that
is good news too. Jesus needed to die in order to be raised.
We need to embrace our cross in order to be Jesus’ worthy
disciples. When the grain of wheat dies, it produces much
fruit. No pain, no gain.
also points to another reality: we endure the here and now,
but we look forward to the hereafter. We are in a valley of
tears, but we will live forever in perfect heaven. Death is
only the gateway to eternal life.
we can see how Paul can exhort us to rejoice always, despite
all the challenges and sorrows of life. In the Lord, everything
is gain. Indeed, to live is Christ and to die is gain.