Posted by: livingscripture | October 21, 2018

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Sunday October 21, 2018

Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time 

WORD of the DAY  

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him and said to him,… When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John.

Jesus summoned them and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt.  But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.  For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10: 35-45)

 

How shall I live this Word?

Even among the disciples of Jesus, as happens for all men, strategic alliances in view of power and prestige can be born, rather than relationships of true fraternity. It is when the following of Christ, even without intending it, becomes usurpation of grace in the search for personal self-interest. The request of John and James is lawful: to participate in the glory of Jesus is a legitimate aspiration. However, the road to reach that goal cannot be replaced by a shortcut and turning the gaze to the point of arrival should not delude ourselves to be able to bypass the intermediate steps. Jesus refers to the concreteness of life, opens our eyes to see the needs of our time, heals us from the presbyopia of those who would want everything and immediately, without compromising with the events of the world. Then, as today, the followers of Jesus confront each other, arriving at a clash around theological visions and the interpretation of the data of faith, without realizing that envies and jealousies manifest their distance from true glory. The first Christian basilicas wanted to imitate the imperial palaces, the superb Renaissance churches tried to adapt to the models of classical art, today’s pastoral programs refer to the efficiency and the pragmatism of  businessmen … But if we want to serve, and not to dominate or oppress, there is a need to return to those fragile, painful, and bleeding members who in the Church attest as a seal to the presence of Christ who demands our attention. Lower ourselves, make ourselves humble and serve the poor: this is the condition for entering the Kingdom, recognizing Jesus who lurks right under their appearance, the moment our eyes regain the number of diopters and return to being allies of light.

WE ASK the Lord, today, to know how to welcome His hidden presence in the little things, in the daily events, and behind the people who make up our world, remembering that the people of Israel also boasted among the nations of having the Lord not far, but close to them, ready to respond every time He was invoked.

 The Voice of St. Bernard

We love spiritually when, out of love of charity, we overshadow even our spiritual occupations to do what is useful for our brothers and sisters”.

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