Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Preach the gospel at all times use words if necessary. - St. Francis of Asisi

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Monday, October 15, 2012

My Reflections for Sunday October 21, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 10:35-45

Gospel:
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." He replied, "What do you wish me to do for you?" They answered him, "Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left." Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking.

Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" They said to him, "We can." Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink, you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared." 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."
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My Reflections:
A young man who was to be conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation saw the arrival of their bishop. He was overwhelmed  by the respect that was being given to the bishop. Many were bowing to him; they were holding his right hand so that they could put it on their forehead for them to be blessed.  Many were also kissing the bishop’s ring to express their reverence and respect for him. The young man was so impressed by what he saw that he said to his parents, I want to become a priest also, so that I will also be admired and respected.

James and John were also after respect and admiration that is why they asked Jesus if they could sit beside Him in His kingdom. They wanted those who will see them to be  in awe by the influence that they have. Imagine sitting beside Jesus in His kingdom, it is a badge of honor; it is something that will make any believer proud. But Jesus rebuked them by saying, “You do not know what you are asking.”

Why do we aspire for respect and admiration? Do we want it because it enhances our self-worth? Do we want it to feed our egotism? Do we want it for the reason that we want others to look-up to us and perceive us as someone who is powerful? It is all of the above and more, whether we admit it or not many of us are craving for  self-centered honor to be bestowed upon us for we hunger and love it.      

But in Jesus’ viewpoint self-centered honor, egotism, and every kind of action for us to be adored and exalted amounts to nothing. Because Jesus himself shunned all of these fickle exaltation, Jesus avoided it like a plague. What was important for Jesus was to humbly follow the will of God and that is none other than humble service to His people. This eventually led Him to sacrifice His very own life on the cross.  

We ask ourselves now, why do we aspire to be well known, to be great, to be popular, to be admired and to become rich which is sometimes brought about by dirty money? The answer is no brainer: Some of us simply want to increase our temporal human value, we want to feed our hungry egos.  . . .       

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