Just as the mother of the sons of Zebedee expected her sons to be at Jesus’ right and left, we, too, expect instant gratification for our work. Our culture has us turn the ego up, drowning out the quiet voice of God. We take for granted the very spirit that sustains us while telling God that “I know what is best for me.” In this gospel, Jesus reminds us of the essential characteristic of humility we must possess. He asks us to quiet our ego so we may see the subtle ways he is showing his love for us. Our expectations of our God, families, friends, and even self can lead us to isolation.

Today, reflect on the unexpected moments of the day and realize how God is constantly drawing you closer to him. All we need to do is pay attention.

Mary Catherine Koehler is a Campus Minister at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland. She also co-moderates the school’s Ignatians for Peace and Justice and S.A.D.D. groups.