25 Jul Matthew 20:26-27 (Service Before Self)
“Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.” ~ Matthew 20:26-27 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: In today’s Gospel, James and John sought to be elevated above the other apostles by being seated at the right and left hand of Jesus when He came into His glory. Jesus replied that they did not know what they were asking. They did not see the cross in His future, but only saw an earthly throne. Jesus explained to the apostles that the way to aspire to greatness is to humbly descend into service. This can be a difficult lesson to swallow in our self-serve society. Following Jesus means service before self. Jesus led by example even to the point of giving His life for the deliverance of the human race. Lord, help me to be humble in service by placing the needs of others before my own. Amen.
Faith Challenge: Build a foundation of humility in service.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: Saint James.
Faith Quote: “Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.” ~ St. Augustine
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.