May 29, Wednesday Weekday

Show us, O Lord, the light of your kindness. — Sirach 36:1

Mass Readings: Sirach 36:1,4-5a,10-17/Mark 10:32-45

Presumptuous Prayer

In today’s Gospel, Jesus takes the Twelve aside to brief them about the difficult days that lie ahead. Were James and John even listening? They responded, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” If that’s prayer, it’s pretty presumptuous!

Donald Coggan (the Archbishop of Canterbury who died in 2000) commented, “Really to pray is to stand to attention in the presence of the King and to be prepared to take orders from him.” James and John were not standing to attention; they were coming forward seeking attention for themselves. Rather than waiting to be briefed by their King, they make demands. Does my prayer time consist of rattling off a list of things I want Jesus to do for me? Or do I wait submissively, asking Him to show me what He wants me to do for Him?

Prayer: King of kings, grant me the grace to pray, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”

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