October 21, 2012 – Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Is 53:10-11; Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22; Heb 4:14-16; Mk 10:35-45
Many of us often find ourselves seeking the recognition of the world. Like James and John in today’s gospel, we’d like to occupy a place of honor, to earn the respect of others, to be the best at what we do. These are the things the world tells us are important, and so we strive to attain them.
Yet, in today’s readings, the Lord calls us to bigger and better things. We are called to strive for greatness in His kingdom, not by looking out for ourselves but by loving and serving others – truly seeking nothing in return.
Jesus reminds us, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” And so we follow suit.
Our lives as Christian disciples should entail constant loving service, following the example of Christ and showing those around us Christ’s love. It is a much more worthy call than the life that the world calls us to – seeking honor, power and prestige in the here and now.
Pope Benedict XVI put it perfectly: “The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness.”
So, we are called to give of our time, our talent and our treasure, seeking the greatness that the Lord promises, a life eternally united to Him, the selfless servant par excellence!