2021-10-1729th Sunday of Ordinary TimeRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

Jesus says, "Anyone among you who aspires to greatness must serve the rest."

What does it mean to serve? It means that you are willing to sacrifice yourself for the good of other people. It means that you are a giver and not a taker. It means that you are a person of love. It means that basically you are unselfish, and that you think of other people first before you think of yourself.

A person of sacrifice is a true follower of Jesus Christ. The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for the many. Recall the words of the skeptic at the foot of the cross taunting Jesus. "He saved others, himself he cannot save." Jesus came to serve and to save others. He could not save or spare himself. That is the paradox of Christianity. That means to spare others we do not spare ourselves. In family life, a good father, a good mother sacrifice themselves for their children.

Jesus Christ says that suffering is also a form of serving and this is true even when we do not know the beneficiary. We used to talk about offering up our pain and suffering for the good of others. Before you dismiss that idea, just think about this. It is part of the mystery of love - something perhaps that we will never really understand. All suffering, all sacrifice is a share in the redemptive act of Jesus Christ - the supreme act of love. Jesus says: to be the greatest, to be number one, is to be the servant of all. "For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."

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