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.
In The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life, Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, writes: “…Jesus condemns the ‘strong’ who could help if they wanted, but don’t bother to do so.”
Jesus makes it very clear in today’s Gospel that he came to serve, not to be served. In the same light, God wants us to use our gifts and talents to serve those we encounter each and every day. God isn’t asking us to hold back our potential and limit our success. Rather, God encourages us to serve others no matter what we do.
In your daily life, how can you choose to help, rather than disregard? When someone asks your help, can you challenge yourself to look them in the eyes and answer as if you were speaking to Jesus?
Prayer for Generosity
Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
except that of knowing that I do your will.
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