Reflection for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
16 Oct 2021

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.  After calming both James and John, Jesus then clearly spells out a new standard of greatness and status, stating that success in his kingdom is not measured by worldly standards.  There is no place in his community for ambitious power-hungry people who are motivated solely by self-interest.  Jesus wants his followers to think in terms of service rather than of authority.  In any community he wants those who have authority to be seen at the service of those under their guidance.  Christ lived what he preached.  His whole life, from working as a carpenter in Nazareth, to dying on the cross at Calvary set the example of such service.  And so by every example, 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.  For any one of us, if we are in a position of authority, to exercise it properly, a great help is never to lose sight of the importance of service and availability to those under our care.  This is a reflection of the life of Jesus in our own particular circumstances.