It goes like this:. 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. And now you can see the mood that Jesus must have been in at this time. And they were afraid, because it made them doubt and it made them feel apart from him because he alone knew the dreadful end of this journey and what the outcome would be. And so Jesus must have been very, very alone and looking for the consolation of the men he loved most, which were especially the twelve, the twelve disciples. And given this kind of mood, and he was thinking of death, two of them come up to him, two of his very favourites, James and John, the sons of Zebedee.
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29th Sunday Year B
I think we are living in a very grace-filled moment in history, even if it is also full of uncertainty and chaos. Pope Francis has been the embodiment of the Church that embraces the risk of couragious discipleship. He has challenged us to do what Jesus did: to leave our security, to accompany the most vulnerable, to minister at the liminal and precarious places of extreme human vulnerability, to empower all people to live life more fully. The pope wants us to go to the margins, to stay close to those on the edges of life and to be that Church which is bruised, hurt and soiled because it has been out on the streets and immersed in the coalface realities. The Word of God this Sunday reminds us of the essence of Christian life and discipleship, which is bound up with vulnerability and powerlessness.
FAQ for Homily for 29th Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year B
We are created to be happy. Our pursuit of happiness revolves around, and often misled by, the three P-wants: Pleasure, Possession, and Power. Pleasure is the ability to enjoy positive mental and physical states. Possession is the endowment to have access to the fundamental needs of human beings. And power is the possibility to have agency over the environment and people around us. This is our struggle: to balance our need and want for pleasure, possession and power. At this moment of discernment, and consistently in his life, Jesus chooses the path of suffering, detachment and service. Jesus wants his followers to attain happiness, rather than only pleasure, possession and power.
Jesus shows us the way to give glory to the Father: become the servant of all and give our lives for others. Are we willing to do that? The first reading today is from the Prophet Isaiah. He is very clear that even long before the time of Jesus, a deeply religious person could see that one person could take on suffering for the good of others. And the person who does that will have many come after who are able to live in the light of God. A truly righteous person can offer himself for others and even carry the sins of others in some mysterious way. We see that gift of self-offering clearly in the life of Jesus.