Commentary for Sunday: 17th October

Mark 10, 35-45:


Sunday, October 17th, 2021 (29th T O B).


Once again Jesus had to exercise patience. For the third time he announces that he will suffer the passion, and the apostles respond by asking him for the best positions in his kingdom. This time it is James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who approach him and ask to sit at his right and left hand when they are in his glory. This will upset the others in the group.

They still don’t understand that “Christian” is synonymous with “servant”. When the criteria are linked to power, to having, to being seen, and not to serving, you are thinking of yourself. That is why Jesus will say to them: “I have come to serve and to give my life for the salvation of all”. Jesus will give them as an example the actions of the leaders of the people, who tyrannise their subjects for their own benefit. For Jesus, whoever wants to be great must be the servant of others. Like him, who came to give his life as a ransom for all.

As followers of Jesus, we must live by different criteria than those of this world.

All Christians have a mission: to make God’s love and mercy present in our lives through service to others. Only love and mercy can change the world. But I have to start by changing myself if I want to achieve anything. Every Christian is to be a “missionary” in that he or she is to be salt and light to others. Our baptismal commitment obliges us to a continuous conversion and an approach to those who live in search of God’s love, and not to power or the best positions. There are some who dedicate their lives to this service exclusively, but it is the task of all. The apostles intended to keep only the part of the Gospel that did not involve sacrifice. They forgot that it is necessary to “take up the cross every day”, the cross of service to others. This is the only way to attain the Resurrection.


Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual, cmf


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