The Gospel reading today features an argument among the disciples about who is the greatest. External arguments and skirmishes! Especially among persons who are striving to do great things. This is not unusual.

The reading from James speaks of an internal battle: “Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you?”

Not all of our internal movements lead to external conflicts and disputes. Though the Gospel today certainly shows that there was confusion, and possibly disagreement, among the disciples of Jesus.

Praise the Lord

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