Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

To give his life as a ransom for many.

The two brothers James and John request from Jesus the favour of sitting at either hand in his glory. Jesus teaches us through his response to them that greatness in the Kingdom of God is not through lording it over others, but by service. That service should be modelled on the Lord’s own service of us all, especially through his suffering which becomes our ransom.

In many ways we have to figure out how to live that reality of being a servant to others, but the letter to the Hebrews gives us a very helpful reminder that that Jesus has been tempted in all the ways we have, and therefore we can be confident approaching him for help and grace.

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.

Sunday.

His soul’s anguish over he shall see the light and be content. By his sufferings shall my servant justify many, taking their faults on himself.  (Isaiah 53:11)

  • What has led to anguish in your life?
  • What has led to contentment in your life?
  • How do the sufferings of Jesus justify you?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about taking your faults on himself.

 

Monday.

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. (Psalm 32:4-5)

  • How have you experienced the faithfulness of the word?
  • What is you experience of trusting in the Lord?
  • How do you express that you love justice and right?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about filling you with his love.

 

Tuesday.

Since in Jesus, the Son of God, we have the supreme high priest who has gone through to the highest heaven, we must never let go of the faith that we have professed. (Hebrews 4:14)

  • What do you make of the image of Jesus as the supreme high priest?
  • Have you ever been tempted to let go of the faith you profess?
  • Picture Jesus, the Son of God, in the highest heaven.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his faith in you.

 

Wednesday.

For it is not as if we had a high priest who was incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us; but we have one who has been tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin.  (Hebrews 4:15)

  • What does it mean to you that Jesus was tempted in every way you are?
  • What does it mean to you that Jesus knows and feels your weaknesses?
  • What does it mean to you that Jesus is without sin?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his feelings for you.

 

Thursday.

Let us be confident, then, in approaching the throne of grace, that we shall have mercy from him and find grace when we are in need of help. (Hebrews 4:16)

  • Do you feel confident approaching the throne of grace?
  • Do you feel confident that you will receive mercy from God?
  • Do you feel confident that you will find grace when you need it?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his confidence in you.

 

Friday

‘Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.’ ‘You do not know what you are asking’ Jesus said to them. ‘Can you drink the cup that I must drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I must be baptised? They replied, ‘We can.’  (Mark 10:37-38)

  • When have you wanted to be honoured for following Jesus?
  • When have you drunk the cup of suffering along with Jesus?
  • What has come from your baptismal life?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his suffering for you.

 

Saturday

‘Anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ (Mark 10:43-45)

  • How do you show your faith by being a servant to others?
  • Reflect on the way that Jesus serves rather than being served.
  • Reflect on the ransom that Jesus paid for you to be free from sin.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his self-giving.
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