This week the Sons of Thunder ask Jesus a peculiar question, while first practically demanding He grant what they ask. Jesus died for us and in this exchange foretells the Apostles’ – and our – opportunity to serve with Him – to die for others.
Are we ready for that? Do we know what that means? How can we help ourselves and our loved ones recognize that and be who we are supposed to be and do what we are supposed to do?
That’s what we explore this week.
Jesus Died For Us
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Catechesis At Home – Twenty-nth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B
Jesus Died For Us
REFLECTION – Why Did Jesus Die for Us
Jesus tells his disciples, “The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
How does that make us feel, to know that Jesus became Man in order to save us from sin and death and to serve us? When we feel left out, broken, a failure it can be hard to remember how much we are loved by God – so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us that we might have eternal life (John 3:16). In today’s Gospel, the disciples are asking to be recognized in heaven for their work on earth as Jesus’ closest followers. Jesus counters their request by explaining that He will suffer and die and they are going to share that fate. But, he also draws all of His disciples – and all of us – into this sharing of His mission. He explains that He came not to be served, but to serve, and to die for them and us.
Jesus died for us. He offered Himself as the sacrifice to atone for our sins. He became Man – became Incarnate – so he could die. As God, Jesus cannot die. As a man, he could – and did. The love that He has for us gave Him the strength to endure the suffering of torture, carrying the cross, and being nailed to it – an extremely painful and humiliating death. The love He has for the Father made it possible to do these things (Remember last week? For God all things are possible). And His love continues to draw us into the life He desires for us. He continues to serve us through the Sacraments, through the Body of Christ – the Church, through others who love us. And we return that love by participating with Him in our calling and mission as Baptized Christians.
DISCUSSION – How Can He Serve Us If Jesus Died For Us?
Visit with your family and friends about how Jesus serves. What are some concrete ways you have benefited from His love and service to you? Hint: He continues to serve us through the Sacraments, through the Body of Christ – the Church, through others who love us.
Answer the questions posed in the reflection: How does it make you feel to know that Jesus died for you? How do you accept the love He offers you?
ACTIVITY – If Jesus Died For Us In The Ultimate Service Can We Die A Little To Ourselves In Service to Others?
This week, discuss ways you and your family and friends serve each other and strangers. Is there a way you can look further into your parish, community, or even wider to serve others in the name of Jesus? List out ways to serve in the home and at school/work and at church and in the community. Maybe look at your calendar and mark a monthly “service” day to do some of these activities together as a family or group of friends. Remember to always look to Jesus for the attitude of grace and humility with which we should serve others – not for recognition, but out of love.
Jesus Died For Us – What Did Your Family Come Up With As Ways To Die For Others?
by Beth & Kristofer Cowles
Other Help on HOO
Why Does The Catholic Church Not Believe In Cremation? Beth and Kristofer do not accept the premise.
Does the Church discourage cremation? Sure.
But it also accepts the occasional necessity of cremation, and when chosen prudently it is not a sin.
But when done for the wrong reasons, it is a grave sin. No pun intended!
Listen to understand the nuances of the Church’s teaching on this sensitive and often gut-wrenching topic.