Readings: July 22, 2012 Feast of St. James the Greater

              Sirach 3:17-24       Good News Translation


My child, be humble in everything you do, and people will appreciate it more than gifts.  The greater you become, the more humble you should be; then the Lord will be pleased with you.^ The Lord’s power is great, and he is honored by those who are humble.

Don’t try to understand things that are too hard for you, or investigate matters that are beyond your power to know.  Concentrate on the Law, which has been given to you. You do not need to know about things which the Lord has not revealed,   so don’t concern yourself with them. After all, what has been shown to you is beyond human power to understand.

Many people have been misled by their own opinions; their wrong ideas have warped their judgment.            © 1992 Good News Bible

      James 2:14-17         The Message Bible

          Faith in Action

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?              © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

      Matthew 20:20-28      The Message Bible

About that time, the mother of the Zebedee brothers came with her two sons and knelt before Jesus with a request.

“What do you want?” Jesus asked.

She said, “Give your word that these two sons of mine will be awarded the highest places of honor in your kingdom, one at your right hand, one at your left hand.”

Jesus responded, “You have no idea what you’re asking.” And he said to James and John, “Are you capable of drinking the cup that I’m about to drink?”

They said, “Sure, why not?”

Jesus said, “Come to think of it, you are going to drink my cup. But as to awarding places of honor, that’s not my business. My Father is taking care of that.”

When the ten others heard about this, they lost their tempers, thoroughly disgusted with the two brothers. So Jesus got them together to settle things down. He said, “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage.”                   © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson



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