DAILY MASS READINGS (July 25, 2018)

FEAST OF ST. JAMES THE GREATER, APOSTLE (CYCLE B, Red)

 

Reading 1 (2 CORINTHIANS 4:7-15)

Brothers and sisters:
We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.
We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;
perplexed, but not driven to despair;
persecuted, but not abandoned;
struck down, but not destroyed;
always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.
For we who live are constantly being given up to death
for the sake of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.So death is at work in us, but life in you.
Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith,
according to what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke,
we too believe and therefore speak,
knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus
will raise us also with Jesus
and place us with you in his presence.
Everything indeed is for you,
so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people
may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 126:1BC-2AB, 2CD-3, 4-5, 6

R. (5) Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.
When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R. Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R. Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.

Alleluia (SEE JN 15:16)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I chose you from the world,
to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

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.”
Reflection: We all want to be successful in life. We strive to get higher achievements and receive many awards. So we want to be higher and get a victory. But in many situations, greatness can be a sign to pride and greed. Because of so much greatness, we are bragging all these off to others. Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Apostle Saint James the Greater. In the Gospel (Matthew 20:20-28), Saint Salome, the wife of Zebedee, asked Jesus if the two apostle brothers could sit beside him, one at the left and one at the right, since this was one of the requests of the two. But Jesus tells them that the thrones are not for them, even though they will drink the chalice of suffering. The Lord tells the apostles that they must serve and humble themselves as a sign of a Christian servant leader. That is why Saint James, at the end of his life, drank that chalice of suffering when, on this day in 44 A.D., he was beheaded under the command of King Herod Agrippa I. He was the first of the apostles to be martyred, and the seed of life uprooted in the Church. We are all not perfect because we commit mistakes and sins. We experience many problems and trials everyday. But we have to consider God’s love for us. He wants us to humble ourselves and serve one another and our brothers and sisters. As we journey down this road, let us be a humble, Christian servant leader to all.

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