Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 21st October, 2018
GOSPEL: Mark 10:35 - 45
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached Jesus. ‘Master,’ they said to him ‘we want you to do us a favour.’ He said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ They said to him, ‘Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.’ You do not know what you are asking” .Jesus said to them. ‘Can you drink the cup that I must drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I must be baptised’ They replied, ‘We can.’ Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I must drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I must be baptised you shall be baptised, but as for seats at my right hand or my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted.’
When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant with James and John, so Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that among the pagans their so-called rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Donal Neary SJ
Gospel Reflections for Sundays of Year B
Servant of All
The gospel this week is a story of ambition, even cloaked in good intentions. A mother wants her sons in the best place, and they pick up that ambition from her. The apostles see James and John as wanting to be tops with Jesus. He accepts all this, but let them know that to be close to him means to suffer with him, and to be a servant.
Many times we see this in the gospel: giving a cup of cold water was what a servant did, washing the guests’’ feet was what a servant did. Jesus brought service even further – to serve like him was to serve god his Father, because that was what his mission on earth would be.
We hear often of the servant church – it means that the community of Jesus’ followers are at the service of people, to make better conditions of life, to live and share with compassion in the hardships of others, to care for the earth and protect it. This service people is the service of God. In that mission Jesus would be misunderstood, andeventually put to death.
Even after death we see him as a sort of servant of the apostles – reaching out to them to share his joy and consolation. He would be the one to walk with them in their doubts, fears and disappointments. He seems to be a servant also in his risen life.
Think of the day ahead or the week,
and offer yourself in the service of the Lord
Lord may I serve you and be with you in all I do and care for.
Gospel and Gosple Reflection are taken from Mass Readings and Sunday Homily - Catholicireland.net.