Posted by: livingscripture | October 21, 2012

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 

“Let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.”

(Hebrews 4: 16)

                                                                                                                                 

How should we live this Word 

Today’s Gospel recounts how the apostles find themselves in upsetting moments as they walk with Jesus, just as we feel at times.  In fact, the topics of Jesus’ teaching are not the simplest or most easily understood, especially as regards what will happen to Jesus in the holy city.  He will be handed over to the leaders and condemned to death.  They will ridicule Him, spit upon Him, scourge Him, and kill Him. (Mark 10: 35-50)  This is all foretold in Isaiah’s Suffering Servant Song, which is partially presented in today’s first reading.

We follow the scene of the two disciples, brothers and fishermen, who had immediately left everything to follow Jesus.  Now they approach Jesus with an ingenuous request concerning their future.  They wish to sit at His right and left hand, something that seems possible since they are already near Him, are faithful to Him, and can drink the bitter chalice.

Jesus patiently calls them to Himself, explaining to them and the other apostles, indignant at this request because they too feel they should have this honor.  He enlightens them again on the true meaning of greatness, which consists in humble service to others.  This is the mission of the Lord’s Servant, who took on Himself the sins of us all, and offered His life for our salvation.  We are all invited to the near the throne of His sacrifice and of His glory to find grace and mercy.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I ask the Lord to make me His humble servant in the midst of His people.

 

Lord, You gaze upon all the inhabitants of the earth from Your throne on high.  Come to our aid!  Let Your love shine on us, Lord, for we hope in You!  (Cf Psalm 33)

The voice of Pope Benedict XVI at World Youth Day 2012

With Blessed John Henry Newman I pray, “O Lord, accompany Your missionaries in the lands to be evangelized.  Put the right words on their lips and make their labors fruitful.”

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