Gospel Reflections

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Mark 9:30-37

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Mary Cluderay

Published: September 20, 2015

Read Mark 9:30-37

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but he did not wish anyone to know about it. He was teaching his... Read More…

As we approach this Gospel, we experience Jesus in a way that compels us to listen with true openness of heart and spirit. How are we going to respond to his graphic description of his capture by enemies who will put him to death? His conversation is in secret. “He did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples.” Jesus speaks with conviction. He seems fearless and free in spite of his awareness that his earthly life is about to end. Can it be that the experiences of his public life which has shown, to this point -- with his amazing skills in building relationships, in teaching about God and in healing so many -- has taught him to be fully integrated in his awareness of the true meaning of each person’s life? We have to remind ourselves that Jesus learned day by day how best to make his way through life. We recall the many instances of his prolonged periods of Prayer, his dedication to the poor and the helpless, his freedom to walk with those who were called “sinners” or those who were outcasts. From each of these encounters he learns more deeply what his Father is calling him to do. His insights into every aspect of human life are majestic and his strength in understanding clearly what he must do is unassailable.

In the light of all this, he asks his companions “What were you arguing about on the road?” Their answer is a sign to each of us of the pitfalls of the human person who has not understood the message of Jesus. How beautifully he explains without reproaching them, even at this time, his understanding of his own future agony! With his arms around a little child he shows them and us the secret of true greatness. It is, as he says, the ONLY way.

I think the message of this Gospel can only be fully understood by our daily attention to these words of teaching given us by Jesus. He himself has learnt it in his daily life from Nazareth to Galilee to Jerusalem. In his fidelity to his Father in his oneness with the Holy Spirit, Jesus says:

“Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me, but the one who sent me.”

Thought for the week:

“When we speak of what is closest to our hearts, each of us reveals the depth of our being.”



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