In today's Gospel (Mark 10:35-45), Jesus is closing in on Jerusalem, the destination where he will be crushed by the ruling authorities. Two of his closest followers, James and John, ask him for special seats of honor and positions of power when Jesus finally arrives “in his glory.” Although it’s an undignified request it shouldn’t surprise us. It might also anger us, just as it does Jesus’ other friends, perhaps because we and they didn’t think of asking first.
Today's Gosepl tells the story of the rich man who asks Jesus what he must do to have eternal life. After an exchange about the importance of following the commandments, Jesus then looks upon him lovingly and says, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor… then come, follow me.” The story ends with the man going away sad because he had many possessions. Many interpret this passage as speaking about the need to be detached from material wealth or possessions. All well and good!
Flo has been an active and engaged parishioner since 1994 when she moved from her hometown of Boston. She first became involved with the preparations for Holy Week and was moved by the many women and lay people that she saw involved in the liturgy at Saint Clement. She furthered her commitment throughout the years when she became a eucharistic minister, thurifer, sacristan, and Holy Week liturgy coordinator. Flo became a minister of care in 1997 and served at Children’s Hospital for five years.
Today’s Gospel readings, as well as the first reading, deal with divorce. The Gospel also deals with Jesus’ love for children, but let’s look at divorce first. At the time of Jesus, the Jews, following the Law of Moses, were permitted to divorce their wives by writing out a decree of divorce.
So what do you do for a living?”
“I work for the Catholic Church.”
“Ah, very interesting,” the person often will respond. “And what do you do for the Catholic Church?”
“Well, I’ve held a variety of roles,” I reply. “But I’m currently at a parish in Chicago serving as the Director of Evangelization and Adult Formation.”
(Even lifelong Catholics usually greet that last part with a confused stare.)
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Driving in town has to be the most competitive sport within the City of Chicago. Forget the Bear’s defense. Drivers in Chicago are on the greatest defensive team. Drivers dodge other cars, pedestrians, potholes, and construction zones. We become irritated with pedestrians who wear earbuds and can barely hear an ambulance coming down the street. The simple commute can seem like a race from start to finish and a feat just to avoid being hit or hitting something else.
The readings this weekend are rich with content, direction and questions, I encourage you to spend more time with them in the week ahead. I personally think the most interesting question is, how do I explain the word “Messiah”? I have to be honest, I haven’t really taken the time to sit down and reflect on this question in my life until now. Yes, we can look up the dictionary definition, but how do I explain the Messiah? How do you explain the Messiah?