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Friends, in today’s Gospel, James and John ask Jesus to place them in high places in his kingdom. They are asking for two of the classic substitutes for God: power and honor. Power is not, in itself, a bad thing, and the same is true of honor. Thomas Aquinas said that honor is the flag of virtue. It’s a way of signaling to others something that’s worth noticing.

So what’s the problem? The problem is that they are asking for these two things in the wrong spirit. The ego will want to use power not for God’s purposes or in service of truth, beauty, and goodness but for its own aggrandizement and defense. When honor is sought for its own sake or in order to puff up the ego, it becomes dangerous as well.

So what’s the way out? “Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.” When you serve others, you are accessing the power of God and seeking the honor of God.

 

Gospel Reflections

Meditate on Daily Gospel Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron

8th week of Ordinary Time

Wednesday

May 29

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Tuesday

May 28

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Monday

May 27

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Sunday

May 26

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Trinity Sunday

7th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

May 25

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Friday

May 24

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Thursday

May 23

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Wednesday

May 22

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Tuesday

May 21

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Monday

May 20

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Sunday

May 19

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Pentecost

7th week of Easter

Saturday

May 18

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Friday

May 17

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Thursday

May 16

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Wednesday

May 15

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Tuesday

May 14

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Monday

May 13

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Sunday

May 12

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6th week of Easter

Saturday

May 11

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Friday

May 10

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Thursday

May 9

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Ascension

Wednesday

May 8

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Tuesday

May 7

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5th week of Easter

Saturday

May 4

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Thursday

May 2

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Wednesday

May 1

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Tuesday

April 30

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Monday

April 29

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Sunday

April 28

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4th week of Easter

Saturday

April 27

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Friday

April 26

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Thursday

April 25

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Wednesday

April 24

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Tuesday

April 23

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Monday

April 22

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Sunday

April 21

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3rd week of Easter

Saturday

April 20

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Friday

April 19

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Thursday

April 18

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Wednesday

April 17

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Tuesday

April 16

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Monday

April 15

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Sunday

April 14

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2nd week of Easter

Saturday

April 13

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Friday

April 12

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