Sunday October 21,2018

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Isaiah 53:10-11   Psalms 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22   Hebrews 4:14-16   Mark 10:35-45

35 And James and John, the sons of Zeb'edee, came forward to him, and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." 36 And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" 37 And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." 38 But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" 39 And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Meditation: Very often it is a usual complaint made by many that they are been reeled or crushed under the weight of a heavy load. Yes, indeed life is really unbearable at times, that it just drains out the whole of our life.
The readings of this 29th Sunday of the Liturgical Year exactly falls in place in this context. The readings help us to focus ourselves in lives with an optimistic, and for that matter a positivistic, approach.
The difficulties and other hardships that wreck us is not something that falls upon us unexpectedly, although for a short time, it seems to be so. But, rather than that nothing is unknown to God, who knows us even from our mother’s womb and has written our names in the palm of His hand. That is to say the turbulences in life, be it in any form and any degree is really in the most extreme sense of the term, “the Will of God.” Jesus, in the garden of Gethsemane, falls back to that conclusion, and offers up Himself in obedience to the will of God, making it clear to humans that no one can escape the Will of God. Since His Will is the best one for our life than anything else.
The First Reading begins with these convincing words that “It was the will of the Lord to bruise him; he has put him to grief. (Is. 53:10)” But the attitude that we should manifest in such a time is to “place all our hope in the Lord (Ps. 32)” as the Responsorial Psalm testifies and exhort. This hope is the only thriving-anchor in our life and of course it has to be so.
There would be many a temptation to get rid of this view-point in facing the trials, but needless to say this is the best perspective to look at life. So, the Second Reading speaks of remain in the “temptations, but without sinning (Hebr. 4).” This requires a great amount of concentration in our lives, a good amount of focusing. The focus is none other than Jesus Christ, who is the Light to be focused, as is said in the acclamation, “I am the Light of the world (Jn, 8:12).”
This exactly is the process called as ‘life’ and this indeed is the cup to be drunk completely to its draining. That is what Jesus advices the sons of Zebedee, in today’s gospel (Mk. 10:35 ff). This drinking of the cup ensures us a place together with Jesus in an experience of His Kingdom.
Lets’ wake up from the shatters of frustrations and despairs to rise up to a new hope of Light and Life and come let’s face life, which is extremely beautiful, if faced with the right perspective.
Bro. Fidelis


Saint of the day "Blessed Josephine Leroux 1748-1794"

Josephine entered the convent of the Poor Clares at Valenciennes when she was 22 years old. In 1770 she made her vows. Then the French Revolution broke out, and the religious were rudely driven from their convents. Josephine at first returned to her family. But when Valenciennes was captured by the Austrians, Josephine could not resist the impulse to return to the enclosure. However, the convent of the Poor Clares at Valenciennes had not yet been rebuilt, and she took refuge in the convent of the Ursulines, where her own sister lived.

But the victorious revolutionary army retook the city, and Josephine was placed under arrest as having been disloyal to her country. Without being in any way perturbed, she confronted the band of soldiers who came to arrest her and she said, "It was hardly necessary to make so much ado for the purpose of taking a weak woman captive!" Then, having served her captors with refreshments, she followed them to prison.

Because she had resumed the life of a religious contrary to the laws, Josephine was condemned to death. With holy serenity and perfect resignation to God's holy will she accepted the death sentence and prepared for it by receiving the Bread of Heaven for her journey to the Divine Bridegroom. With a cheerful countenance she went out to the place of execution, singing sacred hymns along the way. She declared herself truly fortunate at being deemed worthy to give her life for the Catholic Faith. "Could anyone fear to leave this place of exile," she said, "when he reflects on the beauty of Paradise?" At the scaffold she gratefully kissed the hand of the executioner, and in a clear voice forgave everybody. Then she placed her head on the block. Her sister, Mary Scholastic, and four other companions died a martyr's death with her. This occurred on October 23, 1794. Pope Benedict XV enrolled her among the blessed.