Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent
Memorial Feast: Saint Katharine Drexel (1858-+1955) Patron Saint of Philanthropy and Racial Justice
Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 18:18-20, Psalm 31:5-6, 14, 15-16,
& Matthew 20:17-28
Saint Katharine Drexel was an American heiress, philanthropist, religious sister (Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament), missionary, educator, and founder. She was canonized in 2000, and she was the second American to be canonized as a saint and the first one born a U.S. citizen. Mother Katharine was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011. She established 145 missions, 50 schools for African Americans, and 12 schools for Native Americans. Xavier University of Louisiana is the only historically black college in the U.S. and owes its existence to Saint Katharine and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. St. Katharine is remembered for her love of the Eucharist and a desire for the unity of all people.
Daily Reflection: In today’s Gospel, the other apostles become indignant with James and John because of a request prompted by their mother to Jesus. In the Gospel of Saint Mark (10:35-37), the same request is made when they ask Him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” Sad to say, the other ten apostles become angry, not because of their disappointment in them, but because they had the same ambition as James and John; however, they had not asked Jesus first.
The lesson Jesus teaches them, and us, on how to be truly great is by serving others and giving themselves totally to God. By doing this, we become useful ambassadors of Jesus in the world.
Question of the Day: How will you leave your “comfort zone” and place others ahead of yourself?
Prayer: The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28)