Saturday, July 25, 2015

I chose you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord - Daily Bible Readings July 25,2015

The Feast of St. James reminds us that many of disciples of Jesus died as martyrs. This is the full commitment that any person can give to our faith – to die for the proclamation of the Gospel. This may not be our calling, but it is good to be reminded once in a while that it could be. Let us be attentive to our mission. The powers arrayed against us will use every means to hinder our work for the Gospel.
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; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; 10always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. 11 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. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you. 13 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, 14 knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with you in his presence. 15 Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving tooverflow for the glory of God.
Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
R: 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) 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) Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the torrents in the southern desert. Those that sow in tears shall reap rejoicing. (R) 6Although they go forth weeping, carrying the seed to be sown, they shall come back rejoicing, carrying their sheaves. (R)
James and John are misguided in seeking places of honor at the banquet of eternal life. Aspirations to do well are good, but we should stop short of putting demands on our service. We serve in the Kingdom of God because of our love for Him. This is sufficient for us — to know that we have expressed our love for God in the best way we can. This is the true meaning of service according to the Gospel.
I chose you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.
Matthew 20:20-28
20 The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. 21 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.” 22 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.” 23 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.” 24 When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers. 25 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. 26 But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; 27 whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. 28 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.”
think: We serve in the Kingdom of God because of our love for Him.
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