Sunday, October 18, 2015

Greatness and Servanthood

Greatness and Servanthood

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 53:10-11
Hebrews 4:14-16
Mk 10:35-45

Today’s readings talk about serving God.  “Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant” (Mk 10:44).  Using our spiritual gifts is one way we serve God.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us our spiritual gifts are to be used to serve God and for others echoing this line from the Gospel of Mark. 

Spiritual gifts and grace are mentioned often in the writings of St. Paul.  In today’s reading written to the Hebrews, St. Paul suggestions that because we have a great high priest, that is Jesus, the Son of God, we can confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help. (Heb 4:14-16)

Turning to Jesus for mercy and grace is a good way to gain timely help and strength for enacting a spiritual gift.  Talking to Jesus is a way to listen for what you are being called to do.  So that as disciples we may be like Jesus in sharing the grace God has given, the mercy received and the Holy Spirit to give our lives for many as we use our spiritual gifts in this world.

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