Meditation #1 10/21/2018
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: IS 53:10-11
Psalms: PS 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
2nd Reading: HEB 4:14-16
Gospel: MK 10:35-45
May the Blessing of God the Father, the Mercy of his Son and the fiery Love of the Holy Spirit be upon you!
As we go to our place of worship today, may we ask his Mother, The Blessed Queen of Heaven and earth and all the saints to help us to be focus on worship of God. Let us leave our daily lives behind as we open our Hearts to hear his sacred words.
The first reading is from the Prophet Isaiah. The Holy Word of God is written in Typology. Meaning that the Old Testament of God is connected to the New Testament which is passed down from Christ to his disciples. Here the Prophet Isaiah is talking about the Christ, who will please his Father by accepting his death, his death on the Cross. The weight of the world’s sin is on him. He is the unblemished lamb, who is being offered by the High Priest to wash away the sins of mankind. This is most pleasing to God, because only he can bring the New Covenant to restore the relationship between God and Man. The descendants are the Church. Through the Precious Blood of Jesus, his Church will grow and spread all over the world. Many will die for the Name of Jesus. Their sacrifice will give witness to the faith and bring more souls to Almighty God.
In the second reading, St. Paul is telling the Hebrews that Jesus, who is the Son of God passed through from this life to sit on his Throne. He has experienced every single temptation because of his human nature, yet, he did not sin. He came to die for us. His seat of Mercy is open, and he is ready to accept all. We must rely on him in our daily lives. For courage and strength come from him. God is the only one that can give Sanctifying Grace (http://ccc.usccb.org/flipbooks/catechism/index.html#488) CCC 2023 Sanctifying grace is the gratuitous gift of his life that God makes to us; it is infused by the Holy Spirit into the soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it.
The Gospel reading, we read that James and his brother John are trying to ask Jesus for a Special request. They want to sit at the right and left side of Jesus. But the King asks them, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” They both reply that we can. Jesus then tells them that they will experience that, but to choose to who at his left and right is not up to him, for it is already prepared. Have you run into people, who think to themselves “Now that I’m a Eucharistic Minister or a lead helper in the church or I work in the bishop’s office, that I deserve the best. I’ve given so much to the Church, so I should be rewarded?” No, my brothers and sisters, we must remain humble. We must not look into earthly treasures or build them up here. We need to build our treasure in heaven. Jesus said Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will 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.” Jesus is the King of Kings, yet, in his earthly humility he wants us to remember those less fortunate. Are you serving in the Church for yourself or for God? We all have a fallen nature and Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” May we always put God first before everyone else.
Let us close with this prayer,
God, we thank you for giving us your most precious word. Without the Gospel, we would be like lost children walking around. Thank you for taking us by the hand and giving us your Mother Mary. May her Motherly love cover us with her warmth and lead us to you Lord Jesus. St. Stephen, you who died defending the faith, may we ask the Holy Spirit for courage to speak the truth and to be able to listen to the voice of Almighty God in our hearts. With the Rosary in our hands and the Eternal Word of God in our homes, may we spread the Gospel to the far reaches of the earth. Amen!
Be Blessed Always,