First Reading: Isaiah 53: 10-11
Psalm Response: Psalm 33: 4-5, 18-20, 22
Second Reading: Hebrews 4: 14-16
Gospel: Mark 10: 35-45
In both Hebrews and Mark we are shown the reality of God’s generosity in judgment. It is the way we love one another and treat each other that matters. We are called to be servants to one another not to lord over or treat one another as less than persons who deserve our love. God, in God’s goodness, gives us God’s self in Jesus who demonstrated the love of being of service to others, giving of himself to the point of dying for his belief that we were worthy of his attention. He called us to be generous with our love, caring for others as if we were caring for ourselves no matter who, where or what their situation. Our responsibility as followers of Jesus is to offer ourselves to one another, to pay attention, and to act justly toward both humans and all creation on this earth. Justice applies to all.
Jesus, help us to learn the lessons of love you taught us by your life. Let us be silent enough to hear your call to act justly and love as you love. In your name, we live our lives as servants of that love. Be with us and guide us in this daily challenge to treat all creation with the honor and justice…to love as you love.