Twenty-ninth Sunday 2018
Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant.
In the first reading from Isaiah, we see the theme of a suffering servant. In the recent canonization of martyred Bishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero, we see an example of the suffering servant. Archbishop Romero identified with the thousands of his Salvadoran people who were being persecuted and killed and he gave his life for them. He is for us, a contemporary example of the suffering servant that was most fully seen in the Passion and death of our Lord, who gave His life for us.
This is World Mission Sunday. The Gospel for today tells us that our mission is to be servants of others following the example of Jesus. In Mark’s Gospel in Chapters 8 and 10, blind strangers upon receiving their sight see more clearly than the Apostles who had been walking with the Lord but were unable to see the path of self-sacrificing service that he was opening for them. We must ask ourselves if we are following the Lord looking for attention and honor? Are we competing with each other for first place? We ask the Lord to open the eyes of our hearts so that we might truly see the needs of humanity and to give us the courage to commit ourselves to the loving service of others.
Today is also the Anniversary of the death of Venerable Father Jules Chevalier, MSC the Founder of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, the spiritual Father of the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart and the Lay Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. He called his followers to be the Heart of Christ in history and gave his life announcing to the world God’s great and merciful love to the world.
This Mission Sunday we ask our Lord to open the eyes of our hearts to serve him as did Bishop Romero and Father Chevalier. And we pray for the missionary communities founded by Father Chevalier.
By Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC