As we celebrate the feast day of James the Great, we remember that he, like us, had to drop his net in order to follow Jesus. We hear in the gospel today that his mother implored Jesus to let him sit at His right hand in the Kingdom. His mother, if she is anything like our mothers, would probably asked Jesus this, even if James had not dropped his net to follow Him. But he did, and because he did, the answer Jesus gives is even more important to those of us that have dropped our nets. He says that we have only the promise of drinking from the chalice that he drank from. The chalice of suffering and persecution at the hands of our own people. It is not an easy message to hear, but we must know that when we look for glory we are asking for something that is not ours to have. All glory and honor be to God for giving us His Son to teach us this valuable lesson today and every day for the rest of our time on earth.
He replied, “My cup 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.” (Matthew 20:23)
Our Father, who art in Heaven. Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…Amen!