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10/18/15 Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Deacon Tony

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • From today’s Gospel: “… whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.  For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many."
  • Who are the people that we really admire in life?
  • What are the common characteristics of these men and women that made them great?
  • If we dig deeply enough - Doesn’t it always boil down to selflessness… and service to others?
  • Aren’t self-sacrifice and service first among the primary attributes of all great men and women?...
  • And isn’t that what Jesus is trying to teach the apostles, and each of us in today’s Gospel?
  • Did you ever wonder how some very ordinary people are given the strength and courage to do extraordinary things?...
  • All great men and women, those who selflessly sacrifice themselves for the good of others, are just like you and I – They all start out as ordinary people, living for the most part, very ordinary lives…
  • What differentiates Great Men and Women from all others is the power of the Holy Spirit working within them...
  • Greatness is not from human beings – Greatness comes only from God
  • There’s Greatness residing in each of us, and it resides in us, through and from the power of the Holy Spirit
  • When we see greatness in others… We see the result of the Holy Spirit working in and through them...
  • It’s this power from above which gives all great men and women the courage and fortitude to do the “right thing…” often without deliberation or any conscious thought for themselves or their own well being…
  • Yet we always miss the mark when we try to achieve it on our own strength
  • God’s always calls us to consider the greater good…
  • Instead of asking what’s in it for me… Great men and women ask: What’s good and right and just?... Great men and women ask: How may I be of service here?
  • This is the challenge of the Gospel that we each face: To go it alone, or to have the humility and good sense to rely more and more on God’s help each day
  • The way of greatness lies within each of us, but only through the Power of the Holy Spirit… Which always calls us to service…
  • I’ll close quote a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who wrote: “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree, to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. (and) A soul generated by love.” 
     

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