Good News B47
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left."
Have you ever gone to supper with your favorite Aunt or Uncle? Where did you want to sit? Did you want to be at the end of the huge table far away from them or right beside them? If you were to go to a ball game with a movie star would you be content to sit a few rows over or would you want to sit right beside them? When you get to heaven, would you be happy just to get inside the gates, or would you be like James and John and want to make sure you had seats on either side of God the Son before you made your reservations? I think that the apostles wanted to sit beside Jesus in heaven because they thought it showed that he loved them more than anyone else.
In a way the apostles were arguing again over who was the greatest. They thought the greatest would get to sit beside Jesus. Jesus said that it was not up to him to choose who gets to sit beside him. God the Father will decide that from how people act on earth. He warned the apostles not to be like the people who ruled over the gentiles. These rulers acted stuck up. They acted like they were better than those they ruled. Jesus said that the apostles should not act like that. He said those who are great in God’s eyes are those who serve others.
Think of all the people you know who are in power. Are they interested in all the people or are they only interested in themselves? Do they serve all the people or do they serve only those who give them the money and attention they think they deserve. Perhaps you are just in charge of your younger brother or sister. Do you treat them nicely or do you go around saying do what I say because I am older. Or do you say, “How can I help you?” It is really important when you are helping someone that they are doing part of the project, too. Don’t do it all for them. It will help them to have pride in themselves if you can help them be able to do more themselves, to be more independent. If their job is washing the dishes, show them step by step how to do it. If their job is to wash a car, show them step by step how to do it. If their job is to wash your dog, show them step by step how to do it. Any job, no matter how big it is, is simpler when you break it down into smaller steps.
Sometimes following in Jesus’ footsteps seems overwhelming. If I ask you, “Are you obeying all ten of the commandments?” It is a little tricky to remember all of them. But it’s simpler to ask, “Do you love God above all things and love your neighbor as yourself?” Do your thoughts, words, and actions prove that you love God? Do your thoughts, words, and actions prove that you love your neighbor as you love yourself?
Do you treat others like you would like to be treated? When you are in charge, if you treat other people like you would like to be treated, then you will become a “great” leader because you will serve others. If you believe in yourself, you will bring out the best in the people in your group because you believe in them, too. It is when you love God and yourself by serving others that you relax and realize that no matter where you are, God loves you. You can be sitting beside him or many miles away from him. This love God has for you will make you feel like you are right beside God all the time. You can talk to him all the time. Tell him your problems. He will listen. He will show you the answers. He will show you a clear path to heaven. This love God has for you will flow from you to everyone around you. Then perhaps these people will follow you along the path to heaven. God will reserve a great place for you in Heaven. You will know that no matter where you sit, God loves you. And whenever you need him, he is within an arms reach. Whenever you need God, his arm will reach over to help you. He will send someone to be there when you need help. He is always there to help. It could be your neighbor down the street. It could be your Grandmother or Grandfather. It could be a paramedic or fireman. God sends you help because he loves you very much. When you help others, God sends help back to you when you need it. It makes a circle. God’s love is like a circle. It is never-ending. God’s love is always there surrounding you. Look in the mirror. That face of yours belongs to a loving child of God. Be happy and serve the Lord by serving others and watch his love shine around you.
Say the “Our Father.” Thank God for loving you. Tell him that you love him above all things. Tell him that you love him more than your computer games, more than playing soccer. Tell him that you want to be a good leader by being a helper. Thank God for staying at your side every moment showing you the path to take to lead you to heaven where you will live with him forever and ever.
“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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