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29th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year B
October 17, 2021
Anne Osdieck
First Reading
Isaiah 53:10-11

1. Do you suffer with the loved one who is suffering? Would you take the person’s place if you could? Might God act in this manner in the suffering of human beings?

2. “Do this in memory of me.” Could this now common saying be also an invitation to join Jesus’ suffering, and participate in his redemption of the world? Can God use your actions or your suffering to accomplish God’s work in the world today?

Second Reading

Hebrews 4:14-16

1. This reading says thatChrist is able to “sympathize with our weaknesses.” Does he completely understand your situation no matter how dense it is? Are you able to understand other people’s weaknesses? Jesus “was tested in every way.” Do you ever remember this when you are being tested and in need of grace?

2. “ … Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God … ” Since Jesus was an authentic human being, do you think he carries with him every member of the human race? Even to the throne of God?

Mark 10:35-45 or 10:42-45

1. Jesus told the disciples that the way to rank first is by serving others. What does unselfish service look like in your parish, work or home? Could it change the world in some way? How? 
2. What does Pope Francis say happens to us when we serve others?

Our fidelity to the Lord depends on our willingness to serve. And we know this often costs, because ‘it tastes like a cross.’ But, as our care and availability toward others grow, we become freer inside, more like Jesus. The more we serve, the more we are aware of God’s presence.

Above all, when we serve those who cannot give anything in return, the poor, embracing their difficulties and needs with tender compassion: and we in turn discover God’s love and embrace there.

The true measure of success is what you give, not what you have.
Pope Francis, Sept 19, 2021


Anne Osdieck

Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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