Lectionary Reflections: Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time [b] October 18, 2015

Engaging Faith | Fri, Oct 9, 2015

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern

Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time [b]

October 18, 2015


Isaiah 53:10-11

Hebrews 4:14-16

Mark 10:35-45 or 10:42-45



October 15: International Day of Rural Women

October 16: World Food Day

October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 18: World Mission Sunday

October 24: United Nations Day



One may not take as the ultimate criteria in economic life the interests of individuals or organized groups, nor unregulated competition, nor excessive power on the part of the wealthy, nor the vain honor of the nation or its desire for domination, nor anything of this sort.

- John XXIII, Mater et Magistra, 38

Charity of its nature opens out into a service that is universal; it inspires in us a commitment to practical and concrete love for every human being.

-John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, 49

Salvation comes to us through all women and men who love truth more than lies, who are more eager to give than to receive, and whose love is that supreme love that gives life rather than keeping it for oneself.

-Jon Sobrino, SJ, Spirituality of Liberation

The one gift of salvation coming from God through Jesus-Sophia in the Spirit upends power relationships, transforming all teachers, fathers, masters, great ones into servants of the little ones. … Jesus’ Abba signifies a compassionate, liberating God….

-Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, She Who Is

The Church's mission is to spread hope “contagiously” among all peoples.

- Benedict XVI, Message for World Mission Sunday 2009

We ask ourselves: “Who are the first to whom the Gospel message must be proclaimed?” The answer, found so often throughout the Gospel, is clear: it is the poor, the little ones and the sick, those who are often looked down upon or forgotten, those who cannot repay us (cf. Lk 14:13-14). Evangelization directed preferentially to the least among us is a sign of the Kingdom that Jesus came to bring: “There is an inseparable bond between our faith and the poor. May we never abandon them” (Evangelii Gaudium, 48).

-Pope Francis, Message for World Mission Sunday 2015


Thoughts for Your Consideration

The scriptures today offer a radical critique of the values that seem to dominate our world. Our culture seems to idealize those who are “the greatest” – those who have power over others, or political control, or the most wealth and influence, or the highest rating in the polls, or the most exposure in the media. Jesus instead invites the disciples into lives of service not power – into lives of sacrifice not domination -- into community and the common good and not just one’s own personal well-being. Catholic Social Teaching invites us into a commitment to the common good, a special option for the poor, a desire for community and solidarity between all people, and a preference for nonviolence rather than violence.




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