Our Lady of the Assumption Parish
811 Guaymas Place NE, Albuquerque NM 87108
Telephone: Parish (505)-256-9818 School (505)-256-3167
Weekday Mass: Monday – Saturday 9:00 am
Sunday Masses: Saturday, 5:00 pm
7:30 am, 9:00 am (Bilingual) and 10:30 am
Confessions: Saturday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Office Hours: Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
October 17, 2021
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
When Jesus called the twelve apostles to be his inner circle of disciples who would teach and exercise spiritual authority on his behalf, he did the unthinkable! Jesus taught contrary to the world’s understanding of power, authority, and position by reversing the order of master and servant, lord and subject, first and last! Jesus combined authority with love, position with sacrifice, and service with humility.
Authority without love is overbearing, position without respect and concern for the subordinate is demeaning, and service without generosity and sacrifice is cheap and unkind. Those who wish to serve with the Lord Jesus and exercise authority in God’s kingdom must be prepared to sacrifice – not just some of their time, money, and resources – but their whole lives and all they possess. Jesus used stark language to explain what kind of sacrifice he had in mind.
The cup he had in mind was a bitter one involving crucifixion. But, for most of us, the cup entails the long routine of the Christian life with all its daily sacrifices, disappointments, setbacks, struggles, and temptations. A follower of Jesus must be ready to lay down his life every day in the little and big sacrifices required. We share in God’s reign by laying down our lives in humble service and love for one another, just as Jesus did for us.
copyright © 2021 Servants of the Word, source: dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager
Fr. Edward Domme