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Mark 10, 35-45

by Fr. Luis A. Zazano
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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 10, 35-45

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him,
“Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 
He replied, “What do you wish me to do for you?” 
They answered him, “Grant that in your glory
we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.” 
Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. 
Can you drink the cup that I drink
or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 
They said to him, “We can.” 
Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink, you will drink,
and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized;
but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 
When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John. 
Jesus summoned them and said to them,
“You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles
lord it over them,
and their great ones make their authority over them felt. 
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. 
For the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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The three negative traits that revolve in your heart

1. Selfishness. The first one is selfishness. It starts strongly in childhood; we can easily see it in a child. He cries, screams and kicks until he is satiated. He does not care what happens around him. The same thing can happen in the course of your life. And that selfishness can show up in your partner, in your children or in your community. This selfishness can even manifest itself as an obsession, where others serve you or only have to satisfy what you want. This stage, which is strongly present in childhood, can be recurrent in your adulthood.

2. Vanity. This is strongly experienced in your youth, when your image is a priority and one always seeks to look good physically, to attract attention.  But how difficult it is when this happens when you are older. Many are looking for attention at a psychological level, even wanting to give opinions on things that you do not know about, in order to attract attention or to show off. Vanity can even lead you to a breaking point, trying to seek attention. It is important to look at yourself and see if you always want the spotlight on you.

3. Power.  This appears in adulthood. We all seek some form of power, wanting to control those around us. Many times they almost become employees rather than family members. This also affects your personality, because you want to control the lives of others and you do not give freedom to others, instead you want others to be what you want them to be. The weapon of power is called manipulation; a manipulation that leads you to “act” sick or weak when you begin to see that you lose that power to control others. This kind of power is complex because in the end, it weakens you. When you seek to control the life of others, you even lose your freedom and when you fall into the clutches of someone who only seeks to rule you, it is difficult to get out because he subdues you and when you seek to be free, you feel guilty.

Today, let us ask God to be able to fight against these three negative traits that will appear in the stages of our lives. Show yourself before the Lord just as you are because He will lead you to true peace through service. For if your purpose in life is Not to serve others, you serve no purpose.

God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And don’t forget Heaven is our goal.

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