#MyMassTakeaway: Can You Drink the Cup?

Today’s the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Find the Mass Readings here: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 21, 2018.

I’ve been super busy with a crawling baby, the new responsibility of teaching Religious Ed class, and an upcoming deadline for an exciting project I can’t wait to tell you about! So, I’ve been very inconsistent in my blogging and even in this linkup.

But! I managed to pull myself together this weekend. I hope you enjoy my reflection on today’s Mass readings, and the reflections from my blogging friends!

And, I’d love to hear your thoughts, too.

My takeaway:

Sons of Thunda, just putting it all out there.

They’ve got some guts, seriously guys. It’s good to know the 12 Apostles were just human too, right? They had their own strengths and weaknesses and they screwed up royally sometimes.

But they were still Jesus’s beloved friends. That gives me hope.

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TFW then the sun comes out just as you snap a selfie 😂 Anywho, on to #MyMassTakeaway. James and John, those sons of Thunda. Of course they were the ones with the audacity to approach Jesus with such bold demands: "We wanna be the top dogs in your kingdom." Jesus tries to warn them that they don't what they're getting themselves into. He asks if they can handle the suffering that comes with the job. Can you drink that cup? "Yeah, sure we can!" I mean, they can't back down now. There's no room in their attitude for weakness or self doubt. Can't risk looking silly in frony of their pals, so they've gotta be all in. Tough guys. Fast forward to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. He's not asking to be first. He's not looking for his own advancement. He only wants to serve and save. He sees the suffering coming his way. But he's not proud, he's not trying to look cool. He gives an honest reaction: "Let this cup pass from me." Even then, he puts others before himself: "Thy will be done," and accepts his cross for our sake. James and John were so far off Jesus. They had a lot to learn and a long way to grow. But they're still two great saints. I'm shooting to be like Jesus but I'm more often a "daughter of Thunder." I jump in full speed, wanting to do great things and making audacious demands of Jesus. I think I can handle it all, but I have no idea what's coming my way. It's okay that I have a lot of work to do on myself and a long way to go. I'll just keep plugging along, looking to Jesus, trying to be more like him. I'll try to be humble and serve others. I'll drink the cup he gives me and trust him to take care of the rest.

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Featured 5 Takeaways:


Praying for a servant’s heart today!

I love love LOVE how Mary puts a quote on her chalkboard to reflect on all week. An inspiring practice!


I love how Annie calls us to reflect on how we would respond to the challenge: “Can you drink the cup?”

We shouldn’t answer flippantly. We need serious reflection and prayer. We need understanding, and most of all, trust in God.


I just love Amy.

More serving, less complaining. I need that, too.


Nicole had me cracking up, but at the same time saying: it me.

If this isn’t exactly how I pray: “Hi, um, Jesus? I’d like you to do this thing for me which I’m asking and bless it k thanks bye.” Killing me, Nicole!



“I’m a huge follower, a big fan.” This line made me pause. Yep, I do this. I sometimes treat Jesus like my fave celebrity. Sure, I follow him. I study him. Read all those Gospel stories.

But I need to actually follow him. Love him, trust him, listen to him. Take up my cross. and learn to sacrifice.

Your turn:

I want to know your Mass Takeaway too! Comment with your thoughts on the readings, your pastor’s homily, or anything that struck you during your time at Mass.

One thought on “#MyMassTakeaway: Can You Drink the Cup?

  1. Our pastor, Fr. Steve, incorporated the sacrificial life of St Max. Kolbe, when he gave his life in exchange for another. St. Max. Kolbe learned thru the most humbling of life’s experiences what it means to take up your cross and follow me. I, too, ask poorly and was gently smacked in my spirit to reflect also on what may be required of me, how God will use me , in enabling my “request” to be fulfilled. It will be my cross that I am to bear and pray for His Grace to accomplish His will in and thru my life.


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