Sunday Gospel Extract

36 Jesus said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37 And James and John said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with?”

Pointers for Prayer

1. Jesus had spent much time teaching his followers that discipleship was a life of service, a life giving oneself for others. In spite of that, James and John were thinking of what they could get out of it. For Jesus, for the apostles, and for each one of us, the glory of God is revealed when we allow God to work through us as we give ourselves for others. When have you found that you reach a fuller life and others benefit when you act in this spirit of service?

2. One of the great problems in a community, a parish or an organisation, is when you have some people jockeying for status and positions of power. The good of the group and the people it serves take second place to personal prestige. You have probably seen this happen. Perhaps you have also witnessed people with a spirit of service that allowed them to value the good of the group over personal rewards. Recall them and give thanks for their witness.

3. Jesus himself is the great model of this spirit of service. Think of the aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry that have inspired you to imitate his giving of his life for others

Austin Forum Sacred Art Series continues with a video and sound installation by Nina Danino. From October 30 to November 30. Opening Night: October 30, 6:30pm in the church - you’re invited! Also looking for volunteers to set-up and run the bar. Thank you!

Second Collection This Weekend In aid of our Augustinian Brothers and their Seminary Community in Kerala, India, who have recently been affected by devastating floods. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

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