Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time –
Jesus did not rebuke James and John. There is no hint that he was offended with their request. But he tried to teach them the true meaning of greatness. Jesus did not discourage personal ambition among his followers. He spent much of his time teaching ordinary people that they were important. Jesus believed that all people had the capacity for greatness, but some seek it in the wrong ways like lording it over others and using the power of authority.