The Gospel this week has Jesus and the disciples
walking through Galilee
on the way to Capernaum.
Mark starts with the second of three predictions by
of his suffering, death, and rising,
the first of which was in last
week's Gospel passage.
Once the group arrives in Capernaum, Mark sets a
with dialogue between Jesus and the disciples.
Mark creates the
and Mark creates the discussion
of who among them was the
and Mark creates the words of Jesus.
Nevertheless, the passage
reveals a true teaching from Jesus,
the teaching that, if anyone wishes to be
the way to do that is to be the servant of all,
even of the
the least significant in the eyes of the
Monsignor William Mehrkens
calls this teaching
the most revolutionary teaching of all the sayings of
He points out that domination
has been the persistent form of
governing human society
for at least 5,000 years—
oppression of people by people,
nation over nation, government over
rich over poor, adults over children, and men over women.
Jesus system of governance, Mehrkens says,
ends the exploitation of the few
by the many
in that it gives the poor
a way to transcend the domination
while still in it.
In his encyclical
Pope Francis gives a concrete example
of how to be the last
and servant of all
in the context of an integral human ecology,
us—as Jesus did—
to a whole new dimension of Christian life.
that we are brothers and sisters with everyone—
our family and friends... and
and that this communal love extends to all of creation,
us to love and accept the wind,
the sun and the clouds,
So, Francis says, “we must regain the conviction
that we need
that we have a shared responsibility for others and the
and that being good and decent are worth
Today's first reading from the
Book of Wisdom gives us a picture
of what happens to people who try to do the
We know the lesson from our own lives:
people who do good get
targeted and attacked
by people who are looking for good only for
who serve their own needs and wants and desires—
who only look
out for #1, as it's often put.
We learned about it in grade school,
classmates taunted us
for getting better grades than they did.
pet,” they called us, or worse.
We learned it on the job, when we found
that loyalty meant defending or covering up
for the boss or the
instead of blowing the whistle
on a harmful product or a
We learned it every time we stood up for
against the powerful,
whether it was in the family or in the
or in the community.
When we were kids, we called them
We grow up to identify them as thugs.
James calls his community to
peace with justice,
warning them about spending their time and
trying to get what they want for themselves
instead of serving one
another as Jesus asked.
Pope Francis echoes James' warning, saying
“We have had enough of immorality
and the mockery of ethics,
goodness, faith, and honesty….
When the foundations of social life are
what ensues are battles over conflicting interests,
new forms of
violence and brutality,
and obstacles to the growth of a genuine
of care for the environment.”
Francis points to a solution that is
within our reach,
to practice love in the “little way” of Saint Therese of
“not to miss out on a kind word, a smile,
or any small gesture
which sows peace and friendship.”
Francis calls us to practice an integral
made up of simple daily gestures
which break with the logic
violence, exploitation, and selfishness.
And he speaks out
against our “world of exacerbated consumption”
life in all its forms.”
He encourages us to acts of love both little and
from the small gesture,
to political life,
to work with
that promote the common good and defend the environment.
bottom line is that we are one with all of humanity
and one with all the
a common people living in a common home.
This perspective flies
in the face
of much of the world as we know it,
philosophy that twists the golden rule
to tell us to do unto others before
they do it to us.
of the 11 days of the 2015 Global Compassion Games,
volunteers and hours served and people helped.
It's a game that everybody
not only because people are served by our compassion
because we become aware of more ways
that we can be compassionate
as we go
about our everyday lives.
That's what Jesus is teaching us when he embraces
that poor, insignificant child,
the least among them,
tells us that when we embrace the least among us
we ourselves are are in
When we stand in God's embrace,
we have everything we
No one—no matter how rich or powerful—can take it from us.
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