A Moment before the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

At some point, every kid who ever made a Christmas list had this idea – “I’m only going to ask for one thing.  With no choices, they’ll have to give me what I want.” 

Too bad it doesn’t work. 

James and John ask Jesus to “do for us whatever we ask of you.”  They start off Sunday’s Gospel (Mark) just like that kid.  Asking for positions of power, with their grown-up version of the one-item Christmas list. 

Just like the kid’s version, it doesn’t work. 

Instead, Jesus tells them what it’s really all about.  What following Him and being His really means.  And it looks a lot more like the suffering servant in the first reading (Isaiah), than anything likely to show up on a one-item Christmas list. 

Readings for Sunday