Tuesday, July 24, 2012
FEAST, ST. JAMES
WEDNESDAY 16TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
FEAST, ST. JAMES
2 Cor 4:7-15 / Mt 20:20-28
2 CORINTHIANS 4:7-15
However, we carry this treasure in vessels of clay, so that this all-surpassing power may not be seen as ours but as God's. Trials of every sort come to us, but we are not discouraged. We are left without answer, but do not despair; persecuted but not abandoned, knocked down but not crushed. At any moment we carry in our person the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in us. For we, the living, are given up continually to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may appear in our mortal existence. And as death is at work in us, life comes to you. We have received the same spirit of faith referred to in Scripture that says: I believed and so I spoke. We also believe and so we speak. We know that He who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and bring us, with you, into his presence. Finally, everything is for your good, so that grace will come more abundantly upon you and great will be the thanksgiving for the glory of God.
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, when you are 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 the nations act as tyrants over them, and the powerful oppress them. It shall not be so among you: whoever wants to be more important in your community shall make himself your servant. And if you want to be the first of all, make yourself the servant of all. Be like the Son of Man who has come, not to be served but to serve, and to give his life to redeem many."
Jesus liked to turn convention on its head. Rather than an accumulation of achievements, riches, and conquests, Jesus alludes to a process of emptying one's self towards the service of others that counts with God. Jesus serves as the prime example of this, paying the ultimate price, his life, for our salvation. While he was with his disciples, he was generous with the small things, like curing the sick, letting the blind see, filling his disciples' nets. He did these constantly, continually, living every moment for the purpose of helping others. His all-consuming desire to serve is surely a human trait that is very reachable and very possible for each one of us to achieve.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Cipriano Maribojoc
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Tito Oreta
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Ifeanyi Anyaugo and Obinna Okoronkwo, Dr Ugonna Anyaugo, Ogechi Anyaugo, Barr Obinna Okoronkwo; Barr (Mrs) Barbs Adaugo Okoronkwo, Eng Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Mr. Chuba Anyaugo, Cordelia Anyaugo
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Fr. Bijoy. Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Jhemma E. Santos
- Wedding Anniversary: Rodney & Kim Uy Yu
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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