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Liturgical day: Sunday 29th (B) in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 10,35-45): James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, «(...) Grant us to sit one at your right and one at your left when you come in your glory». James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, «Master, we want you to grant us what we are going to ask of you». And He said, «What do you want me to do for you?». They answered, «Grant us to sit one at your right and one at your left when you come in your glory». But Jesus said to them, «You don't know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized in the way I am baptized?». They answered, «We can». And Jesus told them, «The cup that I drink you will drink, and you will be baptized in the way I am baptized. But to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to grant. It has been prepared for others».

On hearing this, the other ten were angry with James and John; Jesus then called them to him and said, «As you know, the so-called rulers of the nations act as tyrants and their great ones oppress them. But it shall not be so among you; whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you shall make himself slave of all. Think of the Son of Man who has not come to be served but to serve and to give his life to redeem many».

Illustration: Mr. Josep Lluís Martínez i Picañol (Picanyol)

Today we appear defending our "territory": we want to sit on your right and on your left! Oh, and the others? They don’t count too? That is why Jesus - with a great dose of patience - answers: "it shall not be so among you; whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and (…) slave of all."

- "The Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve." That is Jesus! That is God! And me?