by Adolf Hyła (1943); Krakow-Łagiewniki, Poland
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Listening to the Word
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'B'
October 17, 2021
Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
Today’s Scripture readings describe leadership as the sacrificial service done to others and offer Jesus as the best example. They also explain the servant leadership of Jesus, pinpointing service and sacrifice as the criteria of greatness in Christ’s kingdom.
The First Reading is a messianic prophecy taken from the Fourth Servant Song in the second part of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. It tells how the promised Messiah would save mankind by sacrificing Himself as the atonement for our sins. Jesus did this sacrificial service of love for us as the Suffering Servant by offering his life on the cross as an offering for sin, interceding for us and taking our punishment on himself.
The Second Reading, from the Letter to the Hebrews, tells us that, as a God-man and mediator-High Priest, Jesus offered a fitting sacrifice to God his Father by offering Himself as ransom to liberate us from the slavery of sin. In the time of Jesus, ransom was the price paid to free someone from slavery. Sometimes the one offering himself as a ransom did so as a substitute for the slave, as Jesus did. The reading also speaks of a high priest who is able to sympathize with us in our weakness because he has been tested in every way, though sinless, and so we can “confidently” hope for God’s mercy.
Today’s Gospel explains how Jesus accomplished his mission of saving mankind from the slavery of sin by becoming the “Suffering Servant.” Here, Jesus challenges his followers to become great by serving others with sacrificial agape love: “Whoever wishes to be great must be a servant." Jesus commands us to liberate others as he freed all of us, by rendering them loving and humble service.
We are challenged to give our lives in loving service to others.
As Christians, we are all invited to serve others – and to serve with a smile!
We are challenged to drink the cup of Jesus by laying down our lives in humble, sacrificial service for others, just as Jesus did.
The best place to begin the process of service by “self-giving," is our own homes and workplaces... When parents sacrifice their time, talents, health and blessings for the welfare of others in the family, they are serving God. Service always involves suffering, because we can’t help another without some sacrifice on our part.
We are rendering great service to others also when we present them and their needs before God daily in our prayers.