Reflection for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
18 Sep 2021

The disciples never seem to amaze us. At the very moment when Jesus is trying to tell them about his coming passion and death, they are not even listening. They are immersed in their own little world of petty squabbling over who is the greatest among them. And so, in response to them, Jesus uses this occasion to put them right and to point out to them what constitutes true greatness in God’s eyes. He tells his ambitious disciples that everyone is important and that greatness comes from being available to all people even down to little children. This is a very basic instruction on the kind of followers Jesus wants us all to be and challenges us to turn our worldly system upside down. Christ’s teaching is certainly no formula for worldly success as it involves constant drudgery and ingratitude. This was the pattern of service Jesus set for us when he washed the feet of the disciples at the Last Supper. We are called to do the Lord’s work so that Jesus can give his love to others through us. Every life gives opportunities to serve those around. 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.