The Son of Man came to give his life as a ransom for many.”
It’s often the case that the values of the Gospel contradict the values of the World sometimes to the extent that the one is the exact opposite of the other. Today is a typical example: greatness and prominence, success and victory, these are goals that the world has very clear ideas about. The Gospel, however, redefines them: Gospel success is Worldly failure: the Gospel’s way of greatness is the World’s life of service; and what the World sees as death and failure is in fact life and victory. It’s this contrast that we see in the Gospel reading today, where out of a possibly innocent (but possibly sycophantic) question, a debate emerges about prominence and greatness. Jesus makes it clear that his greatness is different to that sought among the pagans” ‑ he will give his very life, and so become the first of all. We should take his words about the worldly way of behaving” to heart: “This is not to happen among you.”
The word of the Lord is faithful and all his works to be trusted. The Lord loves justice and right and fills the earth with his love. The Lord looks on those who revere him, on those who hope in his love, to rescue their souls from death, to keep them alive in famine. Our soul is waiting for the Lord. The Lord is our help and our shield. May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.
First Reading: Isaiah 53:10-11
Second Reading: Heb 4:14-16
Gospel Reading: Mark 10:35-45