21 October 2018

XXIX Sunday of ordinary time – Year B

Sharing Jesus’ glory demands willingness to share his service, by which he expresses solidarity with those who are put to the test.

Is 53,10-11; Ps 32 (33); Heb 4:14-16; Mk 10:35-45

James and John react to the third Easter announcement asking for the first places in the glory of Jesus. Their misunderstanding is radical. Not only because they do not understand that Jesus is the glory of the risen crucified one but, even earlier, because they do not understand that what Jesus promises is another sharing: it is about sharing his chalice and his baptism. That is to say, we must first acknowledge that true sharing comes from the one is the author of all sharing, coming into our flesh, taking part in our sufferings, being in solidarity with our condition, right up to the death on the cross, which allows him to share the fate of the last, the slaves, the discarded ones. As Isaiah announces in the fourth song of the suffering servant, he shoulders our iniquities; The letter to the Hebrews follows suit: he has been able to take part in our weaknesses, put to the test in everything like us, excluding sin. To share the glory of Jesus does not therefore mean to seize places of privilege, but to be available to live this same sharing of solidarity, towards every person, especially those most put to the test. We will then truly be sitting beside Jesus, in the glory of his service.

Commentary by Comunità di Dumenza

Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash Abbey

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