Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/101815.cfm
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” He replied, “What do you wish me to do for you?” They answered him, “Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.” Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” They said to him, “We can.” Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink, you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared.” When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John. Jesus summoned them and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
They wanted preferential treatment, they wanted Jesus to promise them a special place with Him. Why? Did they want to be assured of their salvation? Did they think they would not get to heaven if Jesus did not promise it to them? How often do we ask for more than we need because we are insecure and wanting more than we need?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I ask for your grace when I am being greedy and asking for more than I need. You are generous beyond anything I can think to ask for, help me to be satisfied with your love. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.