SATURDAY 25 JULY
Matthew 20, 20-28:
“Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave. Just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”.
The disciples do not quite understand the language and the statements of Jesus. They are like two parallel worlds. As Jesus goes up to Jerusalem, he speaks to his followers of suffering, of failure, of death on the cross and also of the fullness of life. Clearly Jesus is saying that to reach glory one must embrace the cross.
At the same time, the disciples, with the mother of the Zebedees at their head, are thinking of triumph, of brilliant careers, of great honours, of power?
Jesus, before the ignorant and stubborn stance of his disciples, reminds us again of what he has already told us several times: “the first among you shall be your servant”.
Remember and try to live one of the fundamental key points of his Kingdom: true power is service.
Offer yourself today for that work or that task that no one wants or likes to do. Congratulations to all the Jameses who are celebrating your Saint today.
Antonio María Sanjuán Marín, cmf
(Today’s image was created by the missionary in formation Tiago Emanuel Afonso dos Ramos, cmf)