Wednesday of the 8th Week of the Year

Mk 10:32-45

Ambition of James and John

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

“Ten easy steps to success!” Such and other “sure-fire” formulas are being popularized and surprisingly, there are enough people who readily devour such recipes for success in life.

Human as they were, the apostles were no exception. James and his brother john plotted to capture Jesus’ friendly ear by making use of a very Oriental ruse: “get the sympathy of an influential person through a woman – their mother, (Matt 20:20). The other apostles were no less ambitious than the sons of Zebedee. They had banked on their close kinship to Jesus, for after all, they were His cousins (adelphoi). Surely, once Jesus would have established His kingdom, they would jockey for such juicy positions as the secretary of defense, of the interior or even the very financially rewarding secretary of finance. In no time, they would bask in pomp and glory.

As a stern reminder of what was really in store for His disciples, Jesus pointed to service as the genuine seal of His realm. Sacrifice of one’s life would cap it all. Generations of Christians – from Peter and the others apostles to the latest martyrs – proved the truth in Jesus’ words. His kingdom, unlike others, is based on service and forged in the life-giving sacrifice of His followers. (Fr. Flor Lagura, SVD Bible Diary 2002)

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A pastor was discussing the 23rd Psalm with some children in his congregation. He told the children about the sheep, that they weren’t smart and needed lots of guidance and that a shepherd’s job was to stay close to the sheep, protect them from wild animals and keep them from wandering off. He pointed to the little children in the room and said that they were the sheep and needed lots of guidance. Then the pastor put his hands out to the side, palms up in a dramatic gesture and with raised eyebrows said to the children: “if you are the sheep, then who is the shepherd?” He was pretty obviously indicating himself.

A silence of few seconds followed. Then a young girl said: “Jesus…Jesus is the Shepherd.” The young pastor, obviously caught by surprise, said to the little girl. “Well then, who am I?” the girl frowned thoughtfully and then said with a shrug: “I guess you must be a sheep dog.”

There were always the temptations to elevate our importance to project credibility, authority and power. Take a quick peek at your curriculum vitae and you’ll see what I mean. Serviced, with the example of Jesus as the yardstick, puts us in the right perspective. We go beyond the rewards of earthly praise to the joys of everlasting life.

Sometimes we put too much emphasis on ourselves but I know that God leaves us room to learn from human tendencies. At the end of the day we, in spite of our limitations, are entrusted by God to continue establishing His Kingdom. (Fr. Raymond Soriano, SVD Bible Diary 2007)

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In every national election, like the one who had last year, it is very evident that some candidates are driven by the thirst for power. All possible ways and means, even illegal and criminal, are employed just to win. All the candidates would claim: “”Gusto kong makapaglingdod sa bayan at sa mga tao.” Service is their slogan. Seemingly, they are just responding to the call of Jesus: “Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant….”

Looking at reality, however, one would doubt whether they are really after genuine service. Imagine, for example, a husband and a wife fighting for the same position; a son against father, a brother against brother and so on. Almost entire families are running for various elective positions. Maybe they are just imitating the two brothers, James and John, who wanted to “sit one at your right and the other at your left in the Kingdom.” Jesus, however, had to clarify and correct whatever misconceptions they had. “you know that those who recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them and their great ones make their authority over them felt.  But it shall not be among you.” He set Himself as an example: “”For the Son of Man did not come to be serve but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.” Jesus’ example is meant to be the standard of living for every Christian follower.  As a song clearly states: “We are made for service to care for all men (People)….” Fr. Kolbe, a Polish priest, imitated the Lord.  As a prisoner during WWII, he offered his life to save the life of a fellow prisoner who had a wife and children. Fr. Damien the Leper cared for lepers until he himself became a leper and died a leper. Mother Teresa of Calcutta is another example of a servant to others. It is told that when she was engaged in picking up the dying and caring for them, a journalist commented: “Not even for a million dollars would I do a job like that!” Mother Teresa responded: “Neither would I.” She did it out of love for the Lord. May Christians like them, we too in our own way can offer services out of love. May we never be motivated to serve others only if the price is right.” (Fr. Randy Botial, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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May 25, 2016 Wednesday

Some people are interested in predictions in horoscopes or by so-called holy persons who claim to have a direct communication with the Almighty. Remember that pastor who predicted that the world would end on May 21, 2011? It roused people’s attention. Now in the gospel, the Lord Himself gives an accurate, blow-by-blow prediction of His passion, death and resurrection; and what reaction does He get from His very close twelve apostles? Nothing! No interest at all!

Not only did they ignore/disregard the Lord’s prediction, two of them, James and John were interested in something more self-uplifting: positions of power and grandeur beside the Lord in His kingdom. They even bragged about being ready to drink of the chalice of sacrifice if this would clinch their ambition. This attitude, of course, drew the ire and envy of the other apostles.

The Lord, ever so patient and understanding, took the opportunity to teach them then, and teach us now, the lesson of true greatness and leadership: the truly great leader is him/her who serves others humbly, in imitation of Jesus Himself who “did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” But we should not forget the earlier lesson of Christ’s prediction of His passion, death and resurrection: this was His mission of love for humanity, humbly submitting Himself to the will of the Father; so that we may be saved and have our places with Him in His everlasting kingdom. (Fr. Lino Evora Nicasio, SVD | National Shrine of Saint Jude  addeus Bible Diary 2016)

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If you want to be great, then:

–          Serve – Mother Teresa of Calcutta (our intro story)

–          Inspiration – latest one is the latest international singer Madonna Decena, a finalist of this singing reality show like American Idol or Pinoy Idol (May, 2008) who work abroad in order to earn money to give financial needs and others to her two children and parents, a single mother. Latest one is the heart operation of her mother. In spite of hardships, she said that she can be an inspiration of others because of what she has done. You are our inspiration, Madonna. Let us be an inspiration to others. Inspiration for love, thinking, service and humility.

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YOUR WILL BE DONE – “You do not know what you are asking.” – Mark 10:38

Christmas 2013 was very different from my family’s past Christmases. We had noche buena at the wake of my aunt who succumbed to cancer. A few months earlier, when the doctors discovered that my aunt had the Big C, we fervently prayed for her healing. We believed that our God is bigger and greater than any sickness and that He is our Great Healer. But the Lord knew what is best for everyone. Tita Lory joined our Creator five days before the much-awaited Christmas Day.

We asked the Lord for her complete healing. We asked that she be free from cancer. We asked for longer life for her. But maybe God said, “You do not know what you are asking.” If God had granted our requests, maybe her pain would have lasted longer. Maybe there’ll be more emotional stress, both for her and her family. Maybe she’ll suffer more.

Most of the time, we do not know what we are asking from the Lord. Our wisdom is too limited that we think it will be good for us. Although we pray for specific intentions, let’s not forget to include this at the end of our prayer, “Let not my will, but Yours be done.”

Because at the end of the day, we do not know, Lord. But You do. Lala Dela Cruz (bella.delacruz@gmail.com)

Reflection: What have you asked from the Lord lately? Ask that His will be done in your life.

Father, in everything, let not my will but Yours be done.

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SERVANT OF ALL – For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45

The beggar got on the jeepney and started shining the shoes of the passengers. When he got to a woman wearing jewelry, she glared at him,  raised her voice and said, “Don’t you touch me, you filthy dirty boy!” She followed it up with a string of offensive words not worth repeating.

Fr. Hans Magdurulang, who was witness to this incident, wisely taught us that “if you don’t want to help them, then please don’t hurt them.”

The rulers of this world, as Jesus says, wield power that mostly serve themselves. But as Christians, we are all called not to deal in power but to deal in love. Love demands that we put others ahead of ourselves.

So where do we begin when we want to serve others with God’s heart? We start by seeing others with God’s eyes. When we look at the poor and the needy, may God help us perceive beyond what our own senses tell us and instead allow us a glimpse of what He saw when He gave His life as a ransom for many. Rod Velez (rod.velez@live.com)

Reflection: How can you teach yourself to see Jesus in the poor and the needy?

Lord, help me move beyond loving only those who love me back and those whom I find worthy. That is not Christianity. Help me to love everyone the way You do.

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 WORK THAT ENDURES – Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was the National Basketball Association regular season’s Most Valuable Player in 2015. Aside from his excellent shooting touch and unbelievable ball-handling skills, Curry is known for a gesture he does every time he makes a shot. He taps his heart with his right hand and then points upwards. When asked about the meaning of this gesture and why he does it, he says that it is to deflect glory from himself and glorify the One who makes all things possible.

Stephen Curry recognizes that the glory he receives on the court is short-lived. But the witness that he gives to his faith with that little gesture “will stay on forever” in the minds and hearts of all who witness it.

Peter warns in today’s First Reading against falling in love with vainglory. Instead, he recommends steadfastness to the word of the Lord, by which everything in the world is sustained and perfected. Taking some lines from the book of the prophet Isaiah (40:6-68), he wrote: “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25).

Because the fruits of our labors are fleeting, it is important to ground them in the infinite God, who alone can give lasting and fruitful significance to the work of our hands.

How do we ground our labors in God? First, do it well. Do it with all the skill and passion you can summon. Never settle for mediocrity. When we do our work well, we honor the One who enables us to do so.

Secondly, work diligently even in obscurity. Do not allow arrogance and vainglory to distract you. Let not the thought of reward and acclaim taint the purity of your efforts and motives. Work silently and let your success make the noise for you. Fr. Joel Jason

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Where do you ground your labor and self-worth? Does the lack of acclaim affect the quality of your dedication to your work?

May the glory of Your name be the greatest joy of my heart, O Lord. Amen.

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On Sitting and Serving

May 27, 2015 (readings)

Wednesday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Father John Doyle, LC

Mark 10:32-45

The disciples were on the way, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. He took the Twelve aside again and began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles; they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again.” James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as ransom for many.”

Introductory Prayer: Once again, Lord, I come to you to pray. Even though I cannot see you, I trust that you are present and very much want to instruct me in your teachings. In the same way that you demonstrate your love for me by spending this time with me, I want to express my love for you by dedicating this time to you with a spirit of faith, confidence and attention. Here I am, Lord, to listen to you and respond with love.

Petition: Lord, help me imitate your example of loving service.

  1. Jesus Sets His Face Toward Jerusalem:Jesus is walking ahead of his disciples, firm and determined. A few of those following him are growing uneasy, but James and John seem not to grasp the seriousness of the situation. Jesus is accompanied, but in a certain sense, he is alone. Again and again he has tried to explain to his followers that his mission will lead him to be rejected and mocked and eventually to suffer the cruelest of deaths. But they seem incapable of grasping the message; from their vantage point, none of this makes any sense. At times we, too, hear Christ’s words about taking up our cross daily and losing our life for his sake, and we are either terrified at the prospect or its meaning eludes us. Jesus, however, continues inviting us to follow in his footsteps and carry our daily crosses with our eyes fixed on our heavenly home, the New Jerusalem.
  2. The Ambitions of James and John:James and John were hand-picked disciples of the Lord. Jesus had often allowed them to accompany him when he went off alone to pray. They both felt a deep affection for Our Lord, and so it is not surprising that they wished to be near him when he entered into his glory. Jesus doesn’t reproach them for their petition even though it comes at a moment when his heart is burdened with deeper concerns. Rather, Jesus invites them to reflect on the consequences of their request. To be on Jesus’ right and left in his glory means to pass through a similar trial as the one he must soon undergo –– they would have to be situated on his right and left on the day he is lifted up on the cross. Jesus also invites us to “seek the things above” and place our ambitions on heavenly sights and not earthly glory. If our love for Jesus is true, then it must withstand the test of trial and suffering.
  3. The True Meaning of Authority:Most of us prefer to command than obey. Ambition quickly leads to rivalry and bitter feelings, as happened to the twelve apostles. Jesus quickly intervenes and gives us a valuable lesson on the meaning of authority, a lesson to be taken to heart. Authority of any kind has only one purpose: service. Do I view the authority that I have been given as a service? Am I more concerned about being obeyed –– immediately and exactly –– than about setting an example for others? How can I be more like Jesus in exercising my authority? Do I realize this is a specific way of picking up my cross and following after Jesus?

Conversation with Christ: Jesus, help me to be zealous for the things of above. Do not allow my heart to be ambitious but rather be meek and gentle like yours.

Resolution: I will seek to serve others no matter who they are.

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Reflection for May 27, Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time; Mark 10:32-45 Reflection: What ensures lasting marriage? It’s the willingness to sacrifice, the willingness to bear pain and suffering and the willingness to swallow our own pride and ego. After we have endured these trials lasting marriage would be at hand.

The two disciples namely James and John wanted to sit beside Jesus in His glory. It seems that both of them do not want to pass through what Jesus is about to go through. Both of them wanted the easy path towards glorification.

But the easy path is not the way of Jesus for the way of Jesus is the way of the cross. The way of humility, suffering and humiliation without it there would be no triumph over evil. Without it there would be no glorious resurrection and ascension into heaven.

The same is true if we want to become true followers of Jesus. We also have to go through the way of Jesus before we could be bestowed by glory that Jesus alone can bestow upon us. .

Stay the course therefore no matter how filled with trials the journey with Him might be. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Reflection for May 25, Wednesday of the Eighth Week in OT; Mark 10:32-45

Reflection: Are you willing to carry the cross of Jesus?

Jesus began to tell his disciples what was going to happen to him: his passion, death and eventual resurrection. Then, James and John requested Jesus that in his glory they be allowed to sit beside him.

Why in his glory only they want to sit beside Jesus? Why didn’t they tell Jesus that they would be with him also through his passion and death?

Often times we are like James and John we only recognize the presence of Jesus in our lives during our glorious moments and our life’s triumphs. When we are beset with problems we feel that Jesus has forsaken us. Let us always remember that Jesus wants to be with us always, he wants us to embrace him fully regardless of our life situations.

James and John also desired greatness because they wanted to sit beside Jesus in his glorious moments. But Jesus rebuked them when he said: “Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.”

In the church there are those who always want to been seen with their Priest/Pastors because it evokes greatness, power and prestige. But for Jesus the true measure of greatness is when you are always ready to serve regardless if you’re seen, regardless if you’re recognized or not.

Let us not seek recognition when following Jesus for when we seek recognition we are only following our selfish motives and bloated egos. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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One Bread, One Body – Reflection for May 27, 2015

CROSS-WORDS

“Can you drink the cup I shall drink or be baptized in the same bath of pain as I?” –Mark 10:38

The first time Jesus brought up the subject of the cross, He was reprimanded by Peter (Mk 8:32). In response, Jesus rebuked Peter: “Get out of My sight, you satan! You are not judging by God’s standards but by man’s!” (Mk 8:33)

After Jesus’ Transfiguration, He tried again to communicate with the apostles about the cross. However, “they failed to understand His words” and “were afraid to question Him” (Mk 9:32).

For the third time, Jesus said: “The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes. They will condemn Him to death and hand Him over to the Gentiles, who will mock Him and spit at Him, flog Him, and finally kill Him. But three days later He will rise” (Mk 10:33-34). Once again, the apostles missed the point. James and John were busy positioning themselves for a promotion (Mk 10:37), and the other apostles were upset with James and John.

Have things changed much? Is the cross still “rendered void of its meaning”? (1 Cor 1:17) Have we ever heard the message of the cross, or do we merely make the sign of the cross and use the cross for ornamentation? A tell-tale sign of hearing the message of the cross is our attitude towards other people. If we come to serve them rather than to be served by them (Mk 10:45), we have probably taken to heart the message of the cross. If we serve even to the point of laying down our lives for each other (see 1 Jn 3:16), we have heard the message of crucified love.

Jesus continues to talk about the cross: “Let him who has ears to hear Me, hear!” (Mk 4:9)

PRAYER: Father, “may I never boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ!” (Gal 6:14)

PROMISE: “Let Your prophets be proved true.” –Sir 36:15

PRAISE: St. Augustine wisely Christianized the pagan English culture by substituting martyrs’ feasts in place of pagan festivals.

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May 27, 2015

Wednesday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time

Sir 36:1, 4-5A, 10-17

Mk 10:32-45

Be a Servant

Today’s first reading from the book of Sirach recounts a typical prayer of the people of Israel – which is extremely selfish and inward looking! Though they address God as the ‘God of the universe’ he is invoked to “Come to our aid, look upon us, show us the light of your mercies, and put all the nations in dread of you!” This tendency to “own or possess God” and put him to work for one’s own benefit and advantage is not something exclusive and typical to Israel. In the history of humanity and religions only very rarely we come across prayers like: loka samastha sukhino bhavanthu (Let the whole world be happy) and values like vasudhaiva kudumbakam (The world is one family). Being Indians we can be happy about our heritage. Yet, when we hear about the atrocities towards women and children and the intolerance towards minorities going on in our country one wonders whose descendents are we? What happened to our universal outlook, ahimsa and tolerance?

In today’s Gospel we are told that the disciples who followed Jesus were afraid. They were worried of what may happen to them in Jerusalem. They followed Jesus with selfish ambitions. That was the cause of their fear. Ego is the cause of all fears. Wherever there is fear there is ego. Jesus took aside his apostles and plainly told them what they can expect in Jerusalem. However, they did not understand anything that was told. They were blinded and deafened by their ego. They still continued bargaining for attainments and accomplishments. This is a clear reminder to all those who attach too much importance to their speeches and homilies. All speeches and homilies are a waste of time for whose ears are closed. A person who is full of ego and selfishness does not hear anybody; he/she hears only the promptings of his/her ego. The warnings of Jesus never reached the head or heart of neither Judas nor Peter. Both were full of ego and naturally both fell. Humility helped Peter to arise from his fall while pride never allowed Judas to rise. Jesus warns each and every one of us, especially those in authority, “Whoever wishes to be great among you should be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you should be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Unfortunately, most of his disciples are still deaf.Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI

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Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

May 25, 2016

1 Pt 1: 18-25; Mk 10:32-45

Authority as Service

There are three things lasting in life: Submission to the will of God. The word Islam means “submission to the will of God”. Submission element is very profound in Islam. Jesus prayed, “Thy will be done, The Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”. “It is not those who call Lord, Lord, who will enter the kingdom of God but those who do the will of my Father”.

Service to the fellow human beings. There is no life more satisfactory than a life of selfless service to humanity which requires sacrifice of personal interest and an unflinching courage to stand for one’s convictions. Service mentality is profound in Christianity and Sikhism. Jesus said to his disciples, “I came not to be served but serve and give my life as ransom for many” (Mark 10: 45). He washed the feet of his disciples. And asked his would be followers to “walk extra mile” and to keep “extra oil”.

God has given two commandments. The first one is to love God with all our heat and with all our strength and will. The Second is to love your neighbor as yourself. The Catholic Church has succeeded in the second one by their outstanding charitable and educational institutions and social apostolate for the development of the poorest of the poor. But the Church has failed to have real and genuine men/women of God who can lead the people of God to real and profound God-experience.

Anyone who wants to enter the kingdom of God must become like a child (Matt.18:3). This means in effect that one must give up possessions as well as prestige and status. One must be willing to take up the last place in the society and one must be willing to be a servant.

Sacrifice everything for the love of fellowmen. The idea of sacrifice is very deep in Buddhism and Christianity. Christ consciousness is very profound in world religion because of Jesus’ death on the cross and because he was “a man for others”.  It conveys a string message to the people of other religion that a God suffers and dies for the welfare and redemption of the humanity.

Christ is not simply preached but discovered in the innermost cave one’s being. We need profound experience of the person of Jesus than information about Jesus. Then share that experience to others and that is our mission. Then we can say with the apostles, “we have found Messiah”.

Similarly faith is not taught but faith is caught from the Master. Jesus was the initiator of faith. Once it had been initiated it could spread from one person to another. The faith of one person can awaken faith in another. The disciples were sent out to awaken faith in others.

Jesus was practicing what he preached. He walked what he talked. The disciples wanted to call him the Guru – the Master, but he wanted to be their servant, the one who washes their feet (John 13: 12-15).

The guide is the one who gives you lots of information about God, world and humanity. The Guru is the one who puts you to the real Spirit of God. Fr. Shepherd Theleppilly CMI

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

WEDNESDAY OF THE 8TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) – MARCOS 10:32-45. UNSA MAN ANG MGA NAG-UNANG AMBISYON SA ATONG KINABUHI? Daghan ang mangandoy nga mahimong inila o dako sa katilingban. Aron sa pagkab-ot niini, maninguha kita nga ma-edukar, maadunahan, ug mangulo. Wala may daotan niini, basta pagaubanan lamang kini og saktong kinaiya, binuhatan ug katuyoan. Ang atong edukasyon, bahandi, ug gahum sa katilingban dili angay nga makapahimo natong mapahitas-on ug mapahimuslanon. Hinoon, ato kining gamiton sa pag-alagad sa uban. Si Henry Ward Beecher nag-ingon, “Greatness lies not in being strong but in the right use of strength.” Nahisubay kini sa gitudlo ni Hesus, “Kon usa kaninyo buot madakong tawo, kinahanglan nga mag-alagad siya sa tanan.” Sa mata sa Ginoo, ang pinakadungganon mao ang tawo nga mapaubsanon, matarong ug maalagaron. Posted by Abet Uy

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 May 25, 2016

REFLECTION: Basically there are two types of power: one that could be called the “coercive-effective” power (military, political, mechanical, financial, etc.) and one that could be called the “seductive-affective.” This latter form of power is exercised through a mere attraction or seduction, without ever doing violence to a person’s freedom. Such is the power of physical beauty, of a beautiful landscape or painting or poem, of a good example, etc. Well, when we look at Jesus as we find him described in the four gospels, we never see him using coercive power with human beings (only with demons), and this is spelled out in the “kenotic” summary of his career as presented by Paul (Phil 2:5-9). The way of Jesus is always the way of weakness, the descending way into human frailty towards powerlessness.

In today’s gospel scene we see that the Twelve (James and John first, then the indignant Ten others) are all eager to obtain the coercive power of people sitting on thrones, of tyrants and oppressors. But Jesus rejects their views absolutely. Instead he speaks of service, of being the last of all. His power is the seductive power of pure disinterested love.

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