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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 25, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15
Psalm 126:1bc-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6
Matthew 20:20-28

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's gospel reading we hear how a request was made by the mother of two of the disciples: that Jesus might place her sons directly at His side when He took command of His kingdom. Jesus then explains that to become great in the kingdom, one actually needs to become slave and servant. But there is one passage that we need to look at further here: when the other disciples heard what was going on they became indignant at the two whose mother was making the request.

What is the cause of their indignation?

Perhaps they were indignant because they could not believe that their mother had the gall to make such a request? Perhaps it was because they thought the request was simply out of line? It might have been the answer the two gave Jesus, when asked if they could really drink from the same chalice and endure, what the Lord was to endure, that upset them. It may have been that they thought the two would get something that the others would not. My suspicion is that it was the latter more than the former but the real question is, was their indignation warranted?

, I don't think it was. Jesus completely explained to them what it would take to achieve greatness in the kingdom. It is no different today and if we are to achieve greatness in the kingdom, we too must become servants. But more, when we see others getting ahead or obtaining something that we don't have, do we become indignant—or do we rejoice in their blessings?

- Don Claunch, SFO |
email: dlclaunch(at)bresnan(dot)net

Friday, July 25, 2008

Feast of St. James, apostle

Lives of the saints:

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