29th Sunday O.T. – 2018

 

 29th Sunday O.T.  – 2018

 

“Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life”

  

Many people, we also, dream about a greatness. Generally speaking, a greatness is connected to an admiration, a success, and crowds of devotees. Some people think that the more they give orders, the more they are important. Those who only read the Ten Commandments and not getting into the spirit of them, think that God is just giving orders and treating us, people, as His servants. Then, they relate to Him in the same way, like the apostles of today’s Gospel: “we want you to do for…”.

 

This isn’t just a request. This is a demand: “do for us”. John and Jacob try to extort, force on Jesus their demand: “we want you to do”. We may talk in this way to a waiter because that’s his job, but not to God.

 

God doesn’t treat us as servants but as friends, dearly loved friends. God is wisdom bent over us with love. He is preparing, already prepared, a place for each one of us in His eternal kingdom. However, we are not forced by Him to get there; it is just His offer: “If you wish”. Yet, the rule is one and the same, given to us by His beloved Son – Jesus – who “did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many”.

 

His mission would not be fulfilled if not His great love for all of us. Only the one loves is ready to serve; only the one who loves is ready to give his life for others; only the one who loves make a request, asks but not demands; and only the one who loves enters God’s kingdom.

 

Let us follow Christ in this great love for people, for us.

 

Fr. Kgotsofalang SCJ

 

 

 

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