Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

He was instructing his disciples.

This week’s readings invite us to reflect on the way in which discipleship is not about greatness, but about service. Despite warning the Twelve that his death and resurrection awaited them in Jerusalem, they still got into an argument about which of them was the greatest. The disciples needed instruction, and the Word of God that we reflect on every week is they way Jesus instructs us. How can we learn from the Lord to be servants of one another?

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.



The godless say to themselves, ‘Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man, since he annoys us and opposes our way of life, reproaches us for our breaches of the law and accuses us of playing false to our upbringing.’ (Wisdom 2:12)

  • Do you hear echoes of this way of thinking in today’s world?
  • How do you react when someone criticises you?
  • Who do you know who is ‘godless’. Why is that so?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his support for you.



Let us test him with cruelty and with torture, and thus explore this gentleness of his and put his endurance to the proof. Let us condemn him to a shameful death since he will be looked after, we have his word for it. (Wisdom 2:19-20)

  • This obviously describes what happened to Jesus. Reflect on his Passion, Death and Resurrection.
  • Reflect on the gentleness of Jesus.
  • Do you believe that God looks after you?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his gentleness with you.



O God, save me by your name; by your power uphold my cause. O God, hear my prayer; listen to the words of my mouth. (Psalm 53:3-4)

  • What do you need to pray for now in your life?
  • What do you need to pray for now in our world?
  • Call on the Lord’s power on these things.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his power.



Wherever you find jealousy and ambition, you find disharmony, and wicked things of every kind being done; whereas the wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure; it also makes for peace, and is kindly and considerate. (James 3:16-17)

  • Does this describe your experience of jealousy and ambition?
  • Which plays the greater role in your life – disharmony or peace?
  • Who is kindly and compassionate in your life? Thank God for them.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his wisdom.



Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness. Where do these wars and battles between yourselves first start? Isn’t it precisely in the desires fighting inside your own selves? You want something and you haven’t got it; so you are prepared to kill. (James 2:18)

  • Where do you need a peacemaker in your life?
  • What don’t you have? How angry does that make you feel?
  • Who sowed the seeds that bear holiness in your life?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his peace.



‘The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him. (Mark 9:31-32)

  • How difficult do you find it to understand the Cross?
  • What are you afraid of?
  • Reflect on ‘rise again.’ When have you experienced resurrection?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his love for you.



‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ (Mark 9:33-35)

  • What do you argue about most and with whom?
  • How often do you measure yourself against others to see if you are better than them?
  • Reflect on what being servant of all means for you.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his service of you.

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