29th Sunday in Ordinary Time — Pastor’s Homily

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Mark 10:35-45.

Today, in the Gospel of Mark, we continue with the theme of last week’s Gospel and we return to a theme of an earlier week: the need to separate ourselves from worldly power, ambition and things.
Simply stated, to be a disciple is to act like Jesus.  Throughout his ministry, Jesus did not care how much money or earthly power or success that people had. Instead, with his disciples, he cared about how much they could give.
I came across this poem by the pastor Martha Postlethwaite that can possibly help us prepare to live anew in the world in the way that Jesus once did, and now desires for us:

Do not try to save the world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create a clearing
in the dense forest of your life
and wait there patiently,
until the song that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world
so worthy of rescue.

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