Monday, July 24, 2017
TUESDAY, 16th Week in Ordinary Time
July 25, 2017 – TUESDAY, 16th Week in Ordinary Time
ST. JAMES, Apostle
2 Cor 4: 7- 15 / Mt 20: 20 - 28
St. James the Apostle, called "the Greater," was a son of Zebedee and the brother of the Apostle and Evangelist St. John, the "beloved disciple." Beheaded in 42 AD, he was the first apostle martyred. Tradition says his relics were transferred to Compostela in Spain which remains an important pilgrimage place.
FROM THE FIRST READING: 2 Cor 4: 10- 12
At any moment we carry in our person the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in us. For we, the living, are given 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.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 20: 20- 28
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 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 the Father has prepared it"
The other ten heard all this and were angry at the two brothers. Then Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the nations act as tyrants, and the powerful oppress them. It shall not be so among you: whoever wants to be more important in your group shall make himself your servant. And if you want to be first, 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."
We think of the Apostles as "extensions" of Jesus, those who had been with Jesus, "witnesses to his resurrection." After the resurrection of Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit, they went out with great faith and courage to preach the Good News of Jesus to the world. Except for John, the beloved apostle, all the Eleven gave their lives in witness of their love for Jesus.
In today's Gospel reading we see them as simple ambitious men. Jesus had to teach them what true leadership and service were.
Let us not be discouraged with our failures and ambitions. We pray that God may help and purify us, in the same way he taught and trained the Twelve. With God's grace we too can be effective witnesses to Christ and his death and resurrection.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
FEMA D. SAGUM
RODNEY & KIM UY YU
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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