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Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?

Heb 6:10: God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
  Let us Pray ...
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Heavenly Father, God, you are so gracious. We thank you. We praise you Lord. Our words cannot express the joy we have at hearing such a simple and profound statement describing your virtues. We are so glad we are your child. Through our brother Jesus we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (July 25, 2011)
Feast of Saint James, apostle
First Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 126:1bc-2ab,2cd-3,4-5,6
Gospel: Matthew 20:20-28
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 20:20-28)
Jesus educating through today’s Gospel a contrary to the world's understanding of power, authority, and position, by reversing the order of master and servant, lord and subject, first and last! Jesus wedded power with love, high designations with sacrifice, and service with humbleness. Authority without love is rough and self-serving. Position without respect and anxiety for the subordinate is demeaning and rude. And service without kindness and sacrifice is cheap and unkind. Those who wish to serve with Christ and to use authority in God's kingdom must be prepared to sacrifice – not just some of their time, wealth, and resources – but their whole lives and all that they acquire! Jesus used harsh language to explain what type of sacrifice he had in mind. His disciples should drink his cup if they expect to sovereignty with him in his kingdom. The cup he had in mind was a bitter one connecting crucifixion. What kind of cup does the Lord have in mind for us? For some disciples such a cup entails physical pain and the painful struggle of martyrdom. But for several, it entails the long tradition of the Christian life, with all its daily sacrifices, disappointments, set-backs, efforts, and temptations.
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The heavenly treasure and the pearl of great price...

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Memorial of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary




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