Thursday 25 July 2019

About Today Readings

St James
2 Corinthians 4:7–15. Psalm 125(126). Matthew 20:20–28.
Those who sow in tears, shall reap with shouts of joy – Psalm 125(126)
‘Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant.’

Both of today’s readings deal with people who are wrapped up in the glamour of packaging. The Corinthians have been mesmerised by a handsome and charismatic preacher, Apollos, and feel inclined to reject the less exciting Paul, the self-styled clay jar, plain, boring, easily broken but useful and holding the treasure of ‘the glory of God in Jesus Christ’.

The mother of James and John has a similar blindness. For her the kingdom of God is about thrones and power and preferment and her sons seem to agree. Jesus explains to them and the other apostles that ‘it will not be so among you’. The mark of leadership in his kingdom is to be one of service.

Lord, help us to lead lives of loving service. Give me the grace to respond to your call without seeking status, honour, position, or rank. Send me out with open hands.

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