Vocation To Serve Not To Be Served

25 Juli - RmA 1

MY daily reflection and prayer:
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Feast of St. James, The Apostle

Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according toMatthew 20:20-28

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him, with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Command that these two sons of mine may 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 to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at 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 men exercise authority over  them. It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; even 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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THE Gospel today tells us about mother’s James and John who strikes a deal with Jesus, their Master. She wants the distinction of being first and most important in position for her sons, next to Jesus. They thirst for power, position, and authority in his kingdom.

But Jesus Christ teaches them and also each of us about love, sacrifice, service, humility and generosity. Jesus Christ calls us to sacrifice our whole lives and all that we possess.

Jesus Christ calls us to serve not ro be served. We must drink his cup if we expect to reign with him in his kingdom. The cup he has in mind is a bitter one involving crucifixion.

In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist while worshipping Jesus Christ, we pray that we are able to drink his cup for us. Such a cup means physical suffering and the painful struggle of martyrdom. It also entails the long routine of our daily sacrifices, disappointments, struggles, and temptations as the Christians.

Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, help us to be ready to lay down our lives every day in our humble service and love for others joyfully, just as you have done for our sake now and forever. Amen.

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