Daily Gospel Reflection for July 25, 2015


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Today’s Gospel: Matthew 20:20-28

Feast of Saint James, Apostle

What mother doesn’t want the very best for her children? So perhaps some of us can relate to “the mother of the sons of Zebedee” (identified in Mark’s gospel as Salome, mother of James and John) when she falls on her knees before Christ. In doing him homage, she also makes a bold request: that the two “sons of thunder” be given positions of honor in Jesus’s kingdom.

Jesus’s reply comes initially in the form of a question: “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?” Far from being the position of honor that they set their mom up to ask for, James (whose feast we celebrate today) and John need to know that standing with Christ means not privilege and power, but rather service and suffering.

We know from studying their lives that Saints James and John did indeed rise to Jesus’s call, giving their lives to lead others to the Good News of the gospel. As Christians following in their footsteps, we must always remember that we are called not to “be served but to serve”. Today, within the context of our own busy lives and simple homes, we may struggle to find a way to accept placing ourselves and our own needs behind those of our families, friends, and communities. But this is our commitment as true followers of the one who came to give his life for us.


How can you endeavor to more fully and lovingly serve those around you today?


Lord, I ask to follow you, but too often forget that this means a life of service, not status. Help me to truly drink of your cup today and, in doing so, to fully, bravely, and humbly give my life into the service of your Word and your people.

We thank our friends at The Word Among Us for providing our gospel reflection team with copies of Abide In My Word 2015: Mass Readings at Your Fingertips. To pray the daily gospels with this wonderful resource, visit The Word Among Us.

Copyright 2015 Lisa Hendey


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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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