25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
21 Sep 2018

The disciples never cease to amaze us.  At the very moment when Jesus is telling them about his coming passion and death, they are not even listening.  They are so immersed in a quarrel, squabbling over who is the greatest among them, that what he says does not even register with them.  Somehow, we would really expect better from his close followers.  When asked by Jesus what were they arguing about they were anything but proud of their discussion.  In fact, they were clearly embarrassed and remained silent.  Jesus uses this occasion to put them right and to point out to them what constitutes true greatness in God’s eyes.  True greatness, He says, does not come from having power and influence over people but consists in humble service.  He tells his ambitious disciples that everyone is important and that greatness comes from being available to all people even down to little children.  Children are close to the heart of Jesus because they are innocent, wear no masks and are uncontaminated by the selfish ways of the world.  The message for us is that to be a disciple means being open to what God may ask of us at any given moment, even in very small things.  If the lifestyle of the Christian is suffering service in the footsteps of Jesus, then the service that counts is the service that costs.