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Matthew 20:20-21 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to [Jesus] with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.”
I imagine their zeal and confidence are born of lives lived close to the line between just enough and too little. Their mother has the courage to ask if her sons can sit at Jesus' left and right hand one day. In this moment, she seems to see her sons’ total commitment to Jesus. She asks Jesus to see what she sees—the very best things about her sons, their tenacity and fierce tenderness in sharing Jesus’ love with the world.
MOVING FORWARD: How will you name and celebrate the gifts exhibited in others today?
Today the Church remembers Saint James the Apostle.