Sunday, October 21

Gospel for the Twenty-ninth Sunday of the year: Mark 10:35-45

 

“Zebedee’s sons, James and John, approached Jesus.  ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘we want you to grant our request.’  ‘What is it? he asked. They replied, ‘See to it that we sit, one at your right and the other at your left, when you come into your glory.’  Jesus told them, ‘you do not know what you are asking.  Can you drink the cup I shall drink or be baptized in the same bath of pain as I?’  ‘We can,’ they told him.  Jesus said in response, ‘from the cup I drink of you shall drink; the bath I am immersed in you shall share.  But sitting at my right or my left is not mine to give; that is for those for whom it has been reserved.’

 

The other ten, on hearing this, became indignant at James and John.  Jesus called them together and said to them: ‘You know how among the Gentiles those who seem to exercise authority lord it over them; their great ones make their importance felt. It cannot be like that with you.  Anyone among you who aspires to greatness must serve the rest; whoever wants to rank first among you must serve the needs of all. The Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve—to give his life in ransom for the many.’”

 

  • Listen to this conversation between Jesus and the apostles.
  • What do you notice going on in yourself as you listen?
  • Where is the challenge for you?

 

Heritage word—“Our hearts must be always ready to will all that the good God asks of us.”

(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

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