Feast of Saint James, Apostle


Today’s Reflection
Gospel: Mt 20: 20-28
July 25, 2022 | Monday

Today’s Gospel

Then the mother of James and John came to Jesus with her sons, and she knelt down, to ask a favor. Jesus said to her, “What do you want?” And she answered, “Here, you have my two sons. Grant, that they may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” Jesus said to the brothers, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They answered, “We can.”

Jesus replied, “You will indeed drink my cup; but to sit at my right or at my left is not for me to grant. That will be for those, for whom my Father has prepared it.” The other ten heard all this, and were angry with the two brothers. Then Jesus called them to him and said, “You know, that the rulers of nations behave like tyrants, and the powerful oppress them.  It shall not be so among you: whoever wants to be great in your community, let him minister to the community. And if you want to be the first of all, make yourself the servant of all.  Be like the Son of Man, who came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life to redeem many.”

Today’s Reflection:

Everybody wants to be great as it is the goal of everyone and there is nothing wrong with aiming to be great in one’s life. Our goal to be great is what drives us to take some risks in our lives. However, many times we associate greatness with power, authority, position and wealth. We believe that whoever has these must be great. This is a kind of greatness that belongs to the world. To be great in this world is governed and driven by pride and selfishness while to be great in God’s Kingdom is governed by humility and selflessness. We must always remind ourselves that power, authority, and wealth are not necessary to be great in heaven but they are not totally worthless. If used properly, they can help us find more meaning in being great, such as when we use them as means to be great in heaven through service and charity. /Vulnerasti, 2022

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