On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 25, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

`I serve the Lord my God.’ Really do you? When you are not concerned with the well being of your fellow men? Especially the widow, the hungry, poor and sick? When you care little about your community, by not showing up for the sharing of the word, prayer meetings or not contributing in the general meeting. By not welcoming the parishioners but meeting them with a sense of irritability or resentment or would rather engage in your own personal conversations. When you seek the approval, recognition and praise of others, your peers, the priests instead of the Lord Your God. Whom do you actually serve if not Yourself?

For our Lord Jesus Christ clearly showed us the way to serve the Lord our God and to do His will. And that is to love one another as He loved us. By laying down our life for another though not all are called to endure a physical death. For just as He came to serve and not be served so by His example we too shall serve. With love and joy in our hearts no matter what may come our way. For He our Lord is with us every step of the way.

St James the Apostle pray for us. Amen

First reading

2 Corinthians 4:7-15
Such an overwhelming power comes from God and not from us

We are only the earthenware jars that hold this treasure, to make it clear that such an overwhelming power comes from God and not from us. We are in difficulties on all sides, but never cornered; we see no answer to our problems, but never despair; we have been persecuted, but never deserted; knocked down, but never killed; always, wherever we may be, we carry with us in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus, too, may always be seen in our body. Indeed, while we are still alive, we are consigned to our death every day, for the sake of Jesus, so that in our mortal flesh the life of Jesus, too, may be openly shown. So death is at work in us, but life in you.
But as we have the same spirit of faith that is mentioned in scripture – I believed, and therefore I spoke – we too believe and therefore we too speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus to life will raise us with Jesus in our turn, and put us by his side and you with us. You see, all this is for your benefit, so that the more grace is multiplied among people, the more thanksgiving there will be, to the glory of God.

Gospel

Matthew 20:20-28
‘Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?’

The mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons to make a request of him, and bowed low; and he said to her, ‘What is it you want?’ She said to him, ‘Promise that these two sons of mine may sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your kingdom.’ ‘You do not know what you are asking’ Jesus answered. ‘Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?’ They replied, ‘We can.’ ‘Very well,’ he said ‘you shall drink my cup, but as for seats at my right hand and my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted by my Father.’
When the other ten heard this they were indignant with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that among the pagans the rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No; anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants 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 as a ransom for many.’

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