July 25, 2015
St. James, apostle
Mt 20: 20-28
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.”He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Regardless of our age, we are most likely familiar with the Nike slogan “Just do it”. If they were available then, Jesus would probably be wearing one of these shirts as he preached today’s Gospel. Jesus says to the apostles: Serve and don’t worry about anything else. Just do the right thing—
do as Jesus would do.
As with most things, this is easier said than done. At one time in our lives, we have most likely been in a position of responsibility—
perhaps as a parent or a supervisor at work. And we have most likely lost true focus on serving God in that position. Yet true leadership is found in serving others. We can learn servant leadership by studying the actions of great role models like Jesus, Mary, and the Saints. Let the spirit of the example guide us throughout this weekend…and beyond.
—Jenni and Dan O’Brien. Dan serves as regional development director for the Wisconsin Province Jesuits. Jenni is the mother of two young children and a psychotherapist specializing in depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues with teens and adults.
Jesus, please grant me grace to know what you have done for us, to seek greatness in serving others, to follow you with spiritual eyes.
—Jonathan Alexander, Northshore Community Church, Kirkland, WA.
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