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Ambition of James and John

October 17, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

IS 53:10-11 PS 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22 HEB 4:14-16

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MK 10:35-45 or MK 10:42-45

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him,

"Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you."

He replied, "What do you wish me to do for you?"

They answered him, "Grant that in your glory

we may sit one at your right and the other at your left."

Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking.

Can you drink the cup that I drink

or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?"

They said to him, "We can."

Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink, you will drink,

and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized;

but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give

but is for those for whom it has been prepared."

When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John.

Jesus summoned them and said to them,

"You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles

lord it over them,

and their great ones make their authority over them felt.

But it shall not be so among you.

Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;

whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.

For the Son of Man did not come to be served

but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."


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St. Ignatius of Antioch (Feast Day October 17) 

d. 107 

 Ignatius was born in Syria and was a convert to Christianity. In the year 107, Emperor Trajan visited Antioch and forced the Christians there to choose between death and apostasy (denying the Christian faith). Ignatius would not deny Christ and thus was condemned to be put to death in Rome. Ignatius allowed soldiers to bind him in a rickety cart and lead him to Rome for martyrdom. As his cart rolled into towns, local bishops and Christians came to meet and encourage him.


Ignatius is well known for the seven letters he wrote on the long journey from Antioch to Rome. They urge the Christians there to remain faithful to God and to obey their superiors. He was very concerned with unity in the Church; the letters warn against heretical doctrines, providing solid truths of the Christian faith. Ignatius also wrote that Christ was present in the Church, in each member, and in the Blessed Sacrament. He called himself “the bearer of God.” Ignatius was devoured by wild beasts in the Roman amphitheater. 



Take time to chat

  • Do you think it was wrong for James and John to ask Jesus to do whatever they asked? Why or why not?
  • In the Bible, a “cup” is a metaphor for what God has in store for someone. What do you think Jesus meant when he told James and John that they will drink the cup that he will drink?
  • Jesus is asking leaders to be in the service of their people. In what way is this statement opposite of how people normally behave?
  • What inspires you about St. Ignatius of Antioch?


Recipe of the week

Hummus and Tabbouleh

Serve this dish with one dip on the left and one of the right and some warm pita bread in the middle.

Easy to Make Hummus:

1 lb. canned chickpeas

1/3 cup tahini

juice of 1-2 large lemons

1 small clove garlic, minced

Kosher salt to taste

1/8 tsp. ground cumin (optional)

2- 3 Tbsp. olive oil


1/2 cup fine bulgur wheat

2 large tomatoes, diced

1 bunch green onions, chopped

4 bunches of parsley, chopped

1/2 cup mint chopped or 2 Tbsp. dried mint

1 large cucumber peeled and chopped (optional)

1/2 cup olive oil

juice of three lemons

1/2 Tbsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

Boil chickpeas in canned juice for five minutes on medium heat. Drain. Please chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, and salt in blender blend to make an almost smooth thick paste. Place hummus in a shallow bowl and garnish with parsley, radishes, pickles, or toasted pine nuts. Drizzle with olive oil. Serves 4 to 6 people.

Wash bulgur wheat. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add all chopped vegetables and mix well. Add oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Allow bulgur to soak and absorb the juice about an hour, serve over fresh lettuce or with hummus and pita bread


Family Fun

Family Game Night

The apostles James and John were competitive and wanted to be considered the greatest of the disciples. Create a spirit of friendly competition by playing some family games. Parents can pick one game and the kids can pick another. Consider an outdoor game, a card game, or a board game. Hit a discount or dollar store to get fun prizes for winners and losers.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Family Rosary

The month of October is the Month of the Rosary. Pray the rosary as a family, reflecting on the Glorious Mysteries. Visit https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/rosaries/a-rosary-for-life-the-glorious-mysteries

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

In today’s Gospel, Jesus talks about drinking from a cup. At what point at Mass does the priest first drink from the cup?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Challenge your family members to try to outdo one another in service and random acts of kindness this week.

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Fun Facts!

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In the ancient world, to sit at a ruler’s right or left hand was a sign of power and prestige.