20180923 Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Servant of All

As I read this Sunday’s readings, I can’t help but think of Lord Farquad from Shrek and other leaders who are like him when Farquad said: “Some of you may die but that is a sacrifice I am willing to make.”

The Apostles in this week’s Gospel, like in last week’s Gospel, struggle with the kind of leadership and stewardship that Jesus is teaching them. The Apostles are stuck in their thinking of leaders like Lord Farquad and the spoils of richness, opulence, and privilege that come with a title like that. A leader like Farquad is protected from danger by their followers who would sacrifice their safety for the leader. The wicked people in the first reading are like Farquad, willing to do anything and willing to hurt innocents to hold on to their power.

The Apostles struggle to realize that a real leader, in the way Jesus teaches, is focused on serving and caring for those they are charged with leading. Jesus wants his Apostles and all of his followers to worry about taking care of the others and waste no thought on the reward. The reward will take care of itself.

When I was in high school, there were people who joined as many clubs as they could. Those people wanted to add those clubs to the list of activities for their college applications. They joined the ecology club for one more line on their resume instead of caring about the club’s work to recycle and take care of our environment. They joined the Spanish or French club for their resume and for free food instead of using the opportunity to learn about a different culture and language. They joined other groups for a trip or other experience without truly giving up themselves to the work that the group wanted to accomplish. Jesus does not want followers like this.

Follow Jesus, if you wish, but follow Him by worrying more about serving others and less about what lofty positions and entitlements you can get along the way.

Take care,

Readings at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/092318.cfm

First reading: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
Psalm: Psalm 54:3-4, 5, 6 AND 8
Second reading: James 3:16—4:3
Gospel: Mark 9:30-37


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