July 25, 2016

The Gospel Today
Feast of Saint James, Apostle
Matthew 20:20-28

The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons
and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.
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.”
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.”
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.”
When the ten heard this,
they became indignant at the two brothers.
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.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
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.”

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Reflection (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)

“The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve”. This reminds us that we are all servants as we continue living in this world. Sometimes people choose not to follow Jesus and become His followers. We believe Jesus Christ but sometimes we bluster about our faith.

When I had been a working student in high school I observed that my boss wanted to be served always. “What if I do not follow him?” Sometimes this line would always come to my mind especially when I feel very tired of doing the house chores.

Sometimes we do not understand why we have to serve people in our life. For my part, I do not know whom I serve. I always think that people is different from God. There are different ways of serving God and the people. I thought that when you serve in the Church it is enough to serve God. Helping in different activities of the Church is the only way to serve God. But in reality it is not enough.

Therefore, I realized that serving our neighborhood is the other way we can serve God. Christian believers must understand about the service for our God. It is not only on physical but also in spiritual life of our neighborhood. Helping each other to be stronger in faith of God.

As what Pope Benedict XVI said in his homily, “the Church as a whole and all her Pastors, like Christ, must set out to lead people out of the desert, towards the place of life, towards friendships with the Son of God, towards the One who gives us life and life in abundance.” Serving each other can lead us out of the desert. So we must serve and not to be served.