Prayer for the Day – Saturday 25 July

Merciful God,
whose holy apostle Saint James,
leaving his father and all that he had,
was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ
and followed him even to death:
help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world,
to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Matthew 20.20-28
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour 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.’ But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able.’ He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’
When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

From Psalm 126
    When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
   then were we like those who dream.
    Then was our mouth filled with laughter
   and our tongue with songs of joy.
    Then said they among the nations,
   ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’
    The Lord has indeed done great things for us,
   and therefore we rejoiced.
    Restore again our fortunes, O Lord,
   as the river beds of the desert.
    Those who sow in tears
   shall reap with songs of joy.
    Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed,
   will come back with shouts of joy,
      bearing their sheaves with them.