O God, You have chosen the apostles to make disciples of all nations and by baptism and confirmation have called all of us to build up Your Holy Church.
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
e have meditated on this passage many times. Whenever we read it we also feel like accusing those brothers, James and John for their selfishness, their greed for power and position.
Today I wish to look at them and see their innocence, as the beginners on their journey with Jesus. We all, can find ourselves in these two brothers, James and John in our spiritual journey with Jesus.
When we started our faith life, we always approached God for getting some material benefits; maybe for good health, for our parents, siblings, or for our dear ones, or for success in what we do. What I find in James and John is that though they were looking for material benefit, or power or position, they wanted to be with Jesus. This is what we lack in our spiritual journey. We never ask for the grace to be with Jesus always.
The apostles, James and John wanted to enjoy the authority and position with Jesus, even if it is in this world or in another world. They underlined it with their lives, even when they realized that the Kingdom of God was not of this world.
So as we meditate this Word of God today, let us ask ourselves: "Do I pray or long to be with Jesus always?"
Our Patron Saint, St. Luke, whose feast we celebrate today, was a gentile, an outsider, but hearing the life and teachings of Jesus, he became a disciple. St. Luke was a strong devotee of Blessed Mother and is attributed with painting the original picture for the Mother of Perpetual Help.
We learn from history that Luke was an artist and a physician. But after joining in the company of Jesus, he understood the value of service and sacrifice in following Jesus. St. Luke understood the value of sacrifice in the discipleship so much that he gave importance of Sacrifice in his writings, especially in his Gospel.
In Luke's Gospel, he explains the importance of Old Testament Sacrifice and he tries to explain how Jesus is the culmination of them. He says that Jesus is the sacrificial lamb of God, who is sacrificed once and for all, for all of us. This is the reason why St. Luke is also represented by the head of a bull. The bull represents the OT sacrificial animal.
So friends, as we meditate on the request of the James and John and the life of our Patron, St. Luke, let us see what is the message God wants us to take home with us. It is nothing but we are called to be the Eucharistic people in this world. We may wonder what does it mean by becoming the Eucharistic people?
Our celebration of the Eucharist is complete only when we become Eucharistic people, when we are willing to serve others or wash the feet of our brothers and sisters. This is what Jesus did before He gave His body and blood at the Last Supper. So our celebration of the Eucharist is complete only when we are ready to do humble service to others.
This is what our parents did. When we were little ones, they sacrificed their lives for us through their love and service. So when we look after them in their old age and in their sickness, we continue to live the spirit of the Eucharist through our service and love.
Today’s Gospel is really an encouragement to continue to serve the Lord through serving others. Parents when you love your children; children when you look after your sick and aged parents you are becoming the Eucharist. In other words, we become Eucharistic people.
At the same time let us keep in mind that all our service should give the presence of Jesus to others. Let the life of Jesus inspire us and let our humble service remind us always that we are called to be Eucharistic people, like our Patron Saint, St.Luke. Let us seek his intercession in a special way and may God bless us all.