Lord Jesus, your apostles longed to
follow you. You want to show me the difference between earthly and heavenly glory. For you, what
matters is not being at Christ's right or left but sharing in his redemptive work. As I kneel before
you today, I want to offer myself and all of today's struggles and efforts as a sign of my
friendship and love.
Lord Jesus, help me to learn how to be a Christian
Gentile Rulers, AKA, the Bossy Soul:
make their authority felt have a variety of ways to do so. Sometimes they thank you for your good
idea and then proceed to tell you why it would never work. Their approach is sometimes subtle a
quiet reminder of potential negative consequences. Other times it can be a shout to help focus
attention. We all know people like this, people who boss others around. Maybe we're even one of
them. Jesus has only one answer for this outlook ó his own example: The Son of Man did not come to
be served, but to serve.Jesus is Lord, but he wasn't bossy!
2. If Not a
Gulp, at Least a Sip:
For James and John to
follow Christ, they will have to drink the cup that the Lord will drink. What is this cup? Fast
forward to Gethsemane: Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me (Luke 22:42). Jesus'
own human nature struggled with the implications of full adherence to God's plan. Ultimately, he
would drink that cup ó one of bitter suffering, to the very dregs. He called James and John to
imitate him. He is inviting us as well. Fortunately, he prepares our souls to be generous. He guides
us to greater spiritual maturity, offering us little sips from his cup. The small sufferings of
daily life purify our souls.
Jesus' life was a ransom for many.
He was the servant of Yahweh and, as such, he constantly served others in their most profound needs.
Jesus met people where they were the weakest: he helped the blind regain their sight, the lame to
walk, lepers to be cleansed, the deaf to hear, the dead to rise, and to the poor he preached the
good news (Cf. Matthew 11:5). A leader has vision, but unless he is a servant leader, he may see
only his vision. We cannot allow ourselves to be out of touch with the needs of those around us. Let
us strive to serve others by meeting them on their level.
Thank you, Lord, for this time of prayer.
I have seen how you formed James and
humble service of my neighbor,
help me to go to the next level.
I will perform a hidden act of charity for someone whom I find bothersome.