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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 146
Read: Mark 10:35-45

Gospel Summary
Unable to shed their understanding of hierarchy, the disciples continued to wonder who would be first in Jesus’ Kingdom. Some disciples wondered where they would sit, in what order they would enter, and who would be greatest. In today’s gospel, Zebedee’s sons, James and John were wondering about such things. As he had before, Jesus tried to get the point across that order in God’s Kingdom was unlike the order found in this world. In order to be first in the Kingdom of God, a person needed to serve others. Jesus gave the disciples an example of this service, but still they did not comprehend the message.

Reflection for Families
Parents are in the best position to live this gospel message in their own families. Parents have the most power, which makes it easy for children to recognize when they are being served. In simple, everyday actions, like getting our own drink of water, changing the television channel ourselves, or helping a child with his/her daily chores, children recognize their parents respect and appreciate them. Children also watch parent’s actions to see how they serve others. We all know from our own experiences that the person we most admire is the one who helps us carry our load, not the one who adds to it.

Bringing the Gospel into Your Family
Make plans as a family to serve someone else. Think of someone you know whose load is heavy right now. Maybe you know an elderly person in your neighborhood who might like to join you for dinner, or go for a ride. Perhaps there is someone sick or in a nursing home who would enjoy a visit from your family. Try to live this gospel on a regular basis. Each time you serve one person, think about what you will do next as a servant of God.

Discussion Starters

  1. The person in my life I want most to imitate is . . .
  2. Someone I know (or know of) who has a position of power but still finds ways to serve others is . . .
  3. Something new I plan to try in order to serve others is . . .

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