29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week the readings are all about Service and how it is an integral part of the Christian life. We begin by hearing from the fourth Servant Song in Isaiah where we hear “If he gives his life as an offering for sin…and the will of the Lord will be accomplished through him.” This seems to be the opposite of what we would expect in suffering we are saved. We then turn to Hebrews where we pick up from last week, and we hear that Jesus is the high priest and he is able to sympathize with us since Jesus became like us so we should be afraid to turn to Jesus to receive mercy. Finally we turn to the Gospel of Mark where we hear James and John asking Jesus if they can sit at his right and left hands in heaven, Jesus then asks if the Sons of Thunder understand what they mean by this “Can you drink of the same cup I drink and be baptized in the same baptism I was baptized?” John and James say “Sure” Jesus answers them by saying that “Yes, you can drink of the cup and be baptized, but to sit at my right or left is not his to give” The ten other apostles over heard this and were plenty angry as I am sure they all felt they were important enough to sit next to Jesus. So Jesus changes the subject and offers a little lesson where he says that whoever want to be great must humble themselves and become a servant. This reminds me of Micah 6:8 where we are basically given a mission statement of the church “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with the Lord.” I hope that we all take these words to heart this week, and work on becoming servants to all that we meet in our lives. This is one of the reason that a title of the Pope is “Servant of the servants of God.” It’s all about humility and service these are things that are lacking in the world today. Let’s all try to do something about that.

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