Good News B43
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
"If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all."
Here you are walking along beside the disciples and Jesus. You are frightened when you hear Jesus tell that he, the Son of Man was going to be handed over to men and killed. But then he did say he would rise again in 3 days. It upset you and the disciples so much that you weren’t able to talk about it.
Then you heard the disciples talking arguing:
“I am better than you.”
“No. I am better than you and him put together.”
“I am the best.”
Jesus told them if they wanted to be the greatest, they would have to serve all people. Serve means to assist, help, provide for, wait on, attend, care for. Doing things for others is how you gain greatness. If you serve others, you will be first. In God’s eyes, you are the greatest when you consider others first.
How can you serve others? Out of all the things you do during the day, how many are helping someonelse? God wants us to help others. He wants us to be of service to mankind. Here are some things you can do to help others. Pick up trash around your house and in parks and on parking lots. Clean up your room to help your family have a nice living environment. Help your brother or sister organize their stuff if they need help. If you see something out of place in your house, put it back where it belongs. Cheer someone up when they are sad. When you go through a doorway, hold it open if someone else is coming through the door after you. When you buy a candy bar, plan to share it with your brother or sister. When you hear an ambulance or fire truck, say a prayer that God heal the people who have been hurt. Ask God to give the knowledge and skills to those who are trying to help.
If you are in school and a new student comes into your class, make them feel welcome. When you accept another child into your world, you not only receive Jesus but you also receive God the Father. Treat the new people like you would like to be treated. There is one little thing that Jesus didn’t mention, don’t help anyone who doesn’t want to be helped. Your intentions are good, but ultimately people have a choice. I like the cartoon of a little boy helping a lady across the street. When they get to the other side, he says, “Ma’am, it was my pleasure to help you across the street. The lady says, “But I didn’t want to cross the street.” Be sure and ask if the people want to be helped. Say, “May I help you? Would you like for me to help you with this? Know that God will be sending his graces to help you.
Say the “Our Father” and ask God to send you the wisdom to know when and how to help others. Also, thank God for sending people to help you when you need help.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
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