25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, B


Mark 9:30-37

The evil men in the first reading would want to ambush the just man whom God favors.  Such is what is in their hearts.  All our actions are determined by what is in our hearts.  If it is not the Lord in our hearts, it shall bear evil deeds.

Meanwhile, let us emulate the very heart of Jesus. Let us also be his disciples and his servants.  Jesus said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’

We shall know the servant in three ways:

1. His appearance - he is without majesty vs. our obsession on external beauty.  Jesus' beauty is found in the nobility of his heart.

2. his personality - gentle but firm in his resolve to free us from sin; he will bring justice to the nations.

3. his ministry to proclaim the good news is based on his total obedience to the Father, "Not my will but yours be done."

Be molded according to the image of the Servant of the Lord.