Feast of Saint James, apostle
My chalice you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left is not mine to give but is for those for whom it ha been prepared by my Father. (Matthew 20:23)
Lord Jesus, Saint Paul spoke of our witness to You as "earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us." You are our treasure, able to be received in our earthen vessels, so that we may know the Precious Blood we consume strengthens us to be poured out "so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh."
The sons of Zebedee were among the earliest called to be Your disciples. For this reason there appeared to be a desire for them to hold the highest seats in Your kingdom. After Your death and resurrection James, son of Zebedee, was the first of Your apostles to be martyred. The truth of Your kingdom and the role the radical role we may share was known by James and shown to us in him. You create us earthen vessels to be chalices of Your Precious Blood; may Your abundance cause our witness in thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.
Saint James, pray for us.