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St. James the Greater

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  • Reading I:  2 Corinthians 4:7-15
  • Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 126
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 20:20-28

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St. James the Greater is one of the Zebedee sons. He is called "the Greater" to distinguish him from James, "the brother of the Lord", author of the Epistle called "of James" and first bishop of Jerusalem. St. James the Greater is the patronal saint of Spain. His shrine is Santiago de Compostela. "Sant" + "Iago" is related to the French "Saint Jacque". St. James is also known in Spain as "Matamoros", "Moor Slayer" because of a legend that he intervened in a war against the Moors riding on a white horse and brandishing a sword.

The Synoptic Gospels inform us that James is the brother of John, the sons of Zebedee. They were fishermen and called by the Lord to be fishers of men (Mark 1:19; Matthew 4:29; Luke 5:10). He together with Peter and John were witnesses to the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:29), the raising of Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:37; Luke 8:51) and the Transfiguration (Mark 9:2; Luke 9:28; Matthew 17:1). They were the ones whom Jesus asked to be with him while he prayed in the garden of Gethsemane the night he was betrayed ( Mark 14:33;Matthew 26:37). They were also called "Sons of Thunder" (Boanerges), with fiery temperaments as Luke illustrates (see Luke 9:54). In Acts 12:2, Luke mentions the martyrdom of James at the hands of Herod.

St. Epiphanius says, that St. James always lived a bachelor, in much temperance and mortification, never eating flesh nor fish; that he wore only one coat, and a linen cloak, and that he was holy and exemplary in all manner of conversation. He was the first among the apostles who had the honour to follow his divine master by martyrdom, which he suffered at Jerusalem, whither he was returned, in the eleventh year after our Lord’s ascension. (Butler’s Lives of the Saints)

James, the borther of John, is the first martyr among the apostles and so on his feast, the selection from 2 Corinthians 4:7-15 is read, a classic on the evangelist’s participation in the mystery of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. That he would share in the Lord’s “cup of suffering” was foretold by the Lord himself on the day when the sons of Zebedee asked Him to give them special places in the Kingdom (Matthew 20:20-28). Their request was also the occassion when the Lord instructed the apostles that to be great, they must become the least and the servant of all and be like Jesus Himself who came not to be served but to serve.


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2 Corinthians 4:7-15
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7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency may be of the power of God, and not of us.
8In all things we suffer tribulation, but are not distressed; we are straitened, but are not destitute;
9We suffer persecution, but are not forsaken; we are cast down, but we perish not:
10Always bearing about in our body the mortification of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our bodies.
11For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake; that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13But having the same spirit of faith, as it is written: I believed, for which cause I have spoken; we also believe, for which cause we speak also:
14Knowing that he who raised up Jesus, will raise us up also with Jesus, and place us with you.
15For all things are for your sakes; that the grace abounding through many, may abound in thanksgiving unto the glory of God.
Matthew 20:20-28
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20Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, adoring and asking something of him.
21Who said to her: What wilt thou? She saith to him: Say that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom.
22And Jesus answering, said: You know not what you ask. Can you drink the chalice that I shall drink? They say to him: We can.
23He saith to them: My chalice indeed you shall drink; but to sit on my right or left hand, is not mine to give to you, but to them for whom it is prepared by my Father.
24And the ten hearing it, were moved with indignation against the two brethren.
25But Jesus called them to him, and said: You know that the princes of the Gentiles lord it over them; and they that are the greater, exercise power upon them.
26It shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be the greater among you, let him be your minister:
27And he that will be first among you, shall be your servant.
28Even as the Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many.
Mark 1:19
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19And going on from thence a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were mending their nets in the ship:
Luke 5:10
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10And so were also James and John the sons of Zebedee, who were Simon's partners. And Jesus saith to Simon: Fear not: from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
Mark 1:29
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29And immediately going out of the synagogue they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
Mark 5:37
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37And he admitted not any man to follow him, but Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.
Luke 8:51
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51And when he was come to the house, he suffered not any man to go in with him, but Peter and James and John, and the father and mother of the maiden.
Mark 9:2
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2And his garments became shining and exceeding white as snow, so as no fuller upon earth can make white.
Luke 9:28
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28And it came to pass about eight days after these words, that he took Peter, and James, and John, and went up into a mountain to pray.
Matthew 17:1
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1And after six days Jesus taketh unto him Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart:
Mark 14:33
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33And he taketh Peter and James and John with him; and he began to fear and to be heavy.
Matthew 26:37
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37And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to grow sorrowful and to be sad.
Luke 9:54
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54And when his disciples James and John had seen this, they said: Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them?
Acts 12:2
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2And he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword.
2 Corinthians 4:7-15
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7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency may be of the power of God, and not of us.
8In all things we suffer tribulation, but are not distressed; we are straitened, but are not destitute;
9We suffer persecution, but are not forsaken; we are cast down, but we perish not:
10Always bearing about in our body the mortification of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our bodies.
11For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake; that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13But having the same spirit of faith, as it is written: I believed, for which cause I have spoken; we also believe, for which cause we speak also:
14Knowing that he who raised up Jesus, will raise us up also with Jesus, and place us with you.
15For all things are for your sakes; that the grace abounding through many, may abound in thanksgiving unto the glory of God.
Matthew 20:20-28
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20Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, adoring and asking something of him.
21Who said to her: What wilt thou? She saith to him: Say that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom.
22And Jesus answering, said: You know not what you ask. Can you drink the chalice that I shall drink? They say to him: We can.
23He saith to them: My chalice indeed you shall drink; but to sit on my right or left hand, is not mine to give to you, but to them for whom it is prepared by my Father.
24And the ten hearing it, were moved with indignation against the two brethren.
25But Jesus called them to him, and said: You know that the princes of the Gentiles lord it over them; and they that are the greater, exercise power upon them.
26It shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be the greater among you, let him be your minister:
27And he that will be first among you, shall be your servant.
28Even as the Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many.

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