CALLED TO SERVE IN THE MISSION LAND

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B)

Isa 53:10-11; Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v.22); Heb 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45

In our liturgy last Sunday, we were instructed on the need to be detached from the material things of this world in order to prepare a rich and better abode in heaven. Today, the call extends also to the way we embrace power and positions of authority. As members of Christ’s body, we are to imitate Christ in all things, and he is, above all things, a servant-leader who is ever ready to lay down his life for his followers.

In his message for the World Mission Sunday 2018, Pope Francis reminds us, especially the young ones, that, as baptised persons, we are all missionaries; we live to be missionaries. He called on the youth, and all of us, to fully participate in preaching Christ to the ends of the earth with love and without fear, using the opportunities the digital world has provided for us. The simple goal would be to bear witness to sacrificial love of Christ and the joy of being Christians.

The First Reading, which is taken from the fourth Servant Songs of deutero-Isaiah (cf. Isa 52:13 – 53:12), is seen as a pointer to the example of Jesus which we are called to embrace. Obviously, even his close disciples did not well understand that implication of leadership, otherwise, they would not have been struggling to be at the head of others as we see in the Gospel.

It is important to observe that it was not only James and John who were agitating for that top place, otherwise, the other ten would not have been indignant at them (cf. Mark 10:41).

In our country today, with the current political situations in which opposition parties try to outdo others to be at the top, this message becomes more timely. Those who are currently leading must embrace the sacrificial and selfless approach of the servant-leader, Jesus. Those who, on the other hand, wants to get to the top must be genuine in their quest for leadership position.

In our different micro positions as leaders, we must also try to reflect the person of Christ for the good of others and our society at large.

In all, what we actually need most urgently is to reinstall Jesus as the leader of our lives, our homes, our country and all spheres of our society. In doing so, like the Second Reading says, “We may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16)

As the heart of the king is in the hands of God (cf. Prov 21:1), we pray that he may turn the heart of our leaders to lead us selflessly so that we all might get satisfaction for our basic needs in this life, and be well disposed to prepare for life eternal. Amen.

Remember to pray for all missionaries who work in difficult places. They also need your material assistance.

Have a happy Sunday. Peace be with you.

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