29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
19 Oct 2018

Society, at any age, can never get away from the problems posed by status and rank.  It was no different in the time of Jesus.  The old controversy about who was the greatest surfaces once again amongst the apostles.  This time James and John are requesting favored treatment from Jesus.  It was no small honour they were demanding while over-looking the suffering involved in Christ’s passion and death.  With an eye to the future they were aiming at being part of Christ’s inner circle, sitting beside him at his right and left hand in glory.  But when Jesus addresses them, his message highlighted the importance of service.  In so doing he was calling on his followers to share in spreading his gospel by giving themselves completely to his way of life. We serve God best by helping one another.  In following Christ, we must never lose sight of the importance of service and availability to those under our care.  When Christ warned his disciples not to set up worldly power-structures within the Christian community, he was very much aware of our human failings.  We are all inclined to be selfish and to live for ourselves without showing much concern for others.  The attitude of ‘What’s in it for me?’ runs deep in all our hearts.  Yet, the standard of greatness in his kingdom is the standard of the cross.  That’s why we must never lose sight of the character of service.