Saturday, August 17, 2019

Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s Audio Mass Readings – Lectionary: 349

1st Reading – 1 PT 1:18-25

Beloved:
Realize that you were ransomed from your futile conduct,
handed on by your ancestors,
not with perishable things like silver or gold
but with the precious Blood of Christ
as of a spotless unblemished Lamb.
He was known before the foundation of the world
but revealed in the final time for you,
who through him believe in God
who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,
so that your faith and hope are in God.

Since you have purified yourselves
by obedience to the truth for sincere brotherly love,
love one another intensely from a pure heart.
You have been born anew,
not from perishable but from imperishable seed,
through the living and abiding word of God, for:

“All flesh is like grass,
and all its glory like the flower of the field;
the grass withers,
and the flower wilts;
but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
This is the word that has been proclaimed to you.

Responsorial Psalm – PS 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20

R. (12a) Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Glorify the LORD, O Jerusalem;
praise your God, O Zion.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;
he has blessed your children within you.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
or:
R. Alleluia.
He has granted peace in your borders;
with the best of wheat he fills you.
He sends forth his command to the earth;
swiftly runs his word!
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
or:
R. Alleluia.
He has proclaimed his word to Jacob,
his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
He has not done thus for any other nation;
his ordinances he has not made known to them. Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia – MK 10:45

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Son of Man cane to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel – MK 10:32-45

The disciples were on the way, going up to Jerusalem,
and Jesus went ahead of them.
They were amazed, and those who followed were afraid.
Taking the Twelve aside again, he began to tell them
what was going to happen to him.
“Behold, 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
and hand him over to the Gentiles who will mock him,
spit upon him, scourge him, and put him to death,
but after three days he will rise.”

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee,
came to Jesus and said to him,
“Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”
He replied, “What do you wish me to do for you?”
They answered him,
“Grant that in your glory
we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.”
Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the chalice that I drink
or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”
They said to him, “We can.”
Jesus said to them, “The chalice 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 or at my left is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John.
Jesus summoned them and said to them,
“You know that those who are 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 so among you.
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.”

Catholic Daily Reflections

True Authority

“You know that those who are 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 so among you.” Mark 10:42-43a

It has been said that “absolute power corrupts absolutely!” This means that when one is entrusted with power and authority, there is a great temptation for that person to let it go to his or her head. Having authority, especially over others, is difficult to exercise in charity and humility. Very difficult. The passage above points out that the “rulers over the gentiles lord it over them, and that their great ones make their authority over them felt.” This acknowledges a tendency among rulers and those in authority to make sure others know who is in charge!

But Jesus gives this illustration because He wanted to point out to His disciples that they had to act in the opposite way. Soon, they would be given great authority. Not authority in a worldly sense. They would not take on civil leadership and govern the country with power. Rather, the authority they would receive was much greater. It was the authority of changing lives for all eternity. They were being entrusted with the task of spreading the Word of God in such a way that people’s hearts would change and remain changed. But to do this effectively, they could not follow the example of worldly leaders. They could not force or impose the Gospel on others. Rather, they had to enter into the depths of humility and serve out of love. This was the only way that the Gospel could effectively change lives.

There are many lessons here for us. One that stands out is in regard to the way we relate to one another, especially those closest to us. Often, there is a tendency to impose our way and our will on others just as a powerful and selfish king may do. We want to be in charge and dictate others’ actions. But if we want to be true leaders, exercising true authority, we must come to realize that we are called to serve with humility. Otherwise, we may “win” the argument or get our way, but we will not change hearts, minds and souls. But that is what our constant goal in life must be!

The exercise of Christ’s authority is glorious and is what we should all strive for. Think about it. Is it better to take delight in the fleeting pleasure of being the boss here and now, or is it better to enjoy the knowledge that you were able to help transform another person for eternity? In Heaven, it will not matter who was “in charge.” But what will matter is whose lives were changed because we acted on the authority of humility and service.

Reflect, today, on this tendency you may have to be in charge and lord authority over others. Then think of the ideal of this Gospel passage. Pray that our Lord will give you the humble gift of being a servant.

Lord, I do want to serve. I want to serve You in others. I pray for humility so that You can use me to be an instrument of Your divine authority of love. Jesus, I trust in You.

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I am a Commissioned Liturgy Minister and also a Lector at Assumption of Mary Catholic Church. Am also a Commissioned Catholic Men Association (CMA), Member and a Lover of the Catholic Church and its teachings. My passion is disseminating the Catholic Daily Readings and Reflections, Bible Verse of the Day, Catholic Quote of the Day and Catholic Saint of the Day Information every day to all Catholic Faithfuls throughout the world.