For 25 July 2013, St. James, based on Matthew 20:20-28
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, â€œWhat do you want?â€ She said to him, â€œDeclare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.â€ But Jesus answered, â€œYou do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?â€ They said to him, â€œWe are able.â€ He said to them, â€œYou will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.â€ When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, â€œYou know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.