Feast of Saint James, Apostle

Intention: For peace throughout our world, and that all leaders will listen to the cries of their people for dignity and justice.

Today’s Gospel | Matthew 20:20-28

The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.  He said to her, “What do you wish?”  She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your Kingdom.”  Jesus said in reply, “You do not know what you are asking.  Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?”  They said to him, “We can.”  He replied, “My chalice you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”  When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers.  But Jesus summoned them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt.  But it shall not be so among you.  Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.  Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

From the Meditation on Saint James the Greater | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

You have been appointed by God to succeed the holy Apostles in teaching the doctrine of Jesus Christ and in confirming his holy law in the minds and hearts of those whom you instruct when you teach catechism, which is your principal function. Consider yourselves very fortunate and highly rewarded to be overwhelmed with insults and to suffer all kinds of outrages for the love of Jesus Christ.  If dissolute people take pleasure in causing you to suffer, let it be a great satisfaction for you to endure, because it will help you die to yourselves.

Prayer

Eternal Father, you Son called us to share in your life and fulfill our part in your plan for the world’s salvation.  Help us to do what we can where we are: the homes in which we live, the neighborhoods to which we belong, the places where we learn and work.  May each of these be the focus of our prayer and of the good that we do each day, so that your will might be done through us.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.