29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B)
Many times we pray like James and John: “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you” (Mk 10:35). There is no taking into account what God’s will might be; this sounds as if the Our Father were re-worded to read “my will be done on earth…” And what is it that they want? Power! To be seated at Jesus’ right and left so that they can lord it over people. The desire for power is a great temptation.
Jesus, instead, offers them the cross, represented in drinking his cup and being baptized with the same baptism as he will be. Can they do this? They confidently answer that they can, just like we think we can do anything. There is a touch of arrogance in that answer. Without the help of God’s grace we can do nothing.
The Lord reminds them and us that his followers are not supposed to rule but to serve, just as he has come to serve and “to give his life as a ransom for many” (10:45). Let us ask him to help us see that true greatness if found not in ruling but in serving. God bless you!
PS: Archbishop Wenski has requested that a second collection be taken up next Sunday to aid the victims of hurricane Michael to continue to recover. Your generosity is appreciated.