Pastors Desk: Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 22nd September 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 23rd September 2018 - Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

great-is-the-lordToday, Jesus is using the opportunity to have some time alone with the disciples so that he could instruct them in private. He told them how the Son of Man would be betrayed and be put to death; and then rise again after three days. Of course, they didn’t understand what he was trying to tell them and were too afraid to ask him in case they looked foolish.

Then, as they continued their journey and reached Capernaum Jesus asks them what they had been arguing about while they were walking the road. It’s obvious he knew what the conversation was about but wanted them to share their deliberations. They had been quarrelling and squabbling over who was the greatest among them. Of course, they were embarrassed and said nothing to Jesus.

Now, Jesus asks them to sit down and he uses the occasion to instruct and to point out to them what constitutes true greatness in God’s eyes. True greatness, he says, does not come from having power and influence over people but consists in humble service. If they are to be his friends service is more important than any power-filled prestige.

Using a little child as an example of complete trust and innocence he declares ‘anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me’. He turns our worldly value system upside down.
For Jesus, everyone is important. There are no exceptions. We owe all we have to God our Father.

Fr. Gerry