29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 21, 2018

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 146

Sunday Bulletin 2018-10-21[142]

Reading 1IS 53:10-11

The LORD was pleased
to crush him in infirmity.If he gives his life as an offering for sin,
he shall see his descendants in a long life,
and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him.Because of his affliction
he shall see the light in fullness
of days;
through his suffering, my servant shall justify many,
and their guilt he shall bear.

Responsorial PsalmPS 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22

R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
Upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in you.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Reading 2HEB 4:14-16

Brothers and sisters:
Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

AlleluiaMK 10:45

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Son of Man came to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 10:35-45

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him,
“Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”
He replied, “What do you wish me to do for you?”
They answered him, “Grant that in your glory
we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.”
Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the cup that I drink
or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”
They said to him, “We can.”
Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink, you will drink,
and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized;
but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John.
Jesus summoned them and said to them,
“You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles
lord it over them,
and their great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, 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.”

In his homily this morning, Fr. Luis pointed out that Jesus did not become angry with the apostles, but simply explained the idea of the servant leader, which is unique to Christian teaching. Fr. Luis then told a story of how he studied guitar and wanted to play very well to impress his colleagues. He practiced “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for hours, but when he finally performed, his peers were not forthcoming with praise. In discussing this with his spiritual advisor, he was told “God doesn’t want big heads, God wants big hearts.”

We must constantly guard our egos in our spiritual work as the ego can distort the work, and the effect of the work as well. If our egos are dominant rather than a servant’s heart, we will tend to “lord it over” our recipients, while we fool ourselves that we are doing good works!

Please join us for Coffee and Treats after the 9:00 AM mass!


The purpose of the coffee service is to welcome visitors and to provide a tasty social experience for parishioners to get to know each other a bit. Don’t be shy, please introduce yourself and enjoy our sweets and savories!

Menu (tentative)

Tostidos topped with scramble eggs, chorizo and chili verde

Mixed berry tassies

Salmon Salad on Puffed Paste

Poached Salmon sandwiches on Foccacia

Blueberry Muffins

Mummy Cake (Halloween)

Coffee, Cocoa and Juices

Update on Outdoor Church Improvements

This week most of the roof was completed. Stonework is about 2/3 done. We are eagerly awaiting our Gargoyle who will sit on the front corner and guard the shed!