A Sunday Reflection

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.

Fr. Luis R. Largaespada

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Reverence for the Eucharist

THERE ARE CERTAIN GESTURES that mark us as Catholics, and the genuflection is certainly one of them. That brief bending of one knee is rarely used in everyday life. Yet for Catholics it’s an instinctive motion.

[R]eservation and reverence [of the Eucharist] were hallmarks of the Church’s eucharistic practice, from the earliest years and in lands as far flung as Rome and North Africa…. They knew it then, as we know it today: Jesus is really present in the Blessed Sacrament—body, blood, soul, and divinity. That presence is lasting. And if it is lasting it should be acknowledged. He must be worshipped…. If, as St. Paul says, “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Phil 2:10), how much more before his bodily presence!

Nowadays, our churches keep their consecrated eucharistic hosts in a structure called a tabernacle…. According to Church law, a tabernacle should be “immovable, made of solid or opaque material, and locked so that the danger of profanation may be entirely avoided.” “The tabernacle should be in a place that is conspicuous, suitably adorned and conducive to prayer.” It is clear that the Church intends the tabernacle to be a place of divine worship.
So we do what is expected of us. Any time we pass a tabernacle, we make a brief bend of the right knee….It’s a powerful, tacit way to teach the doctrine of the real presence—and it speaks more eloquently and memorably than a hundred catechisms.

Scott Hahn, Signs of Life (New York: Doubleday, 2009) Pages 242,243, 244. Used with permission.

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