Selfless service to one another Print E-mail
Sunday scripture column

Jem Sullivan

Sunday, Oct. 21
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is 53:10-11
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22
Heb 4:14-16
Mk 10:35-45

If no spoken or written words of St. Teresa of Kolkata were ever recorded, the holy woman would still be a canonized saint of the church. For her saintly actions spoke louder than any of her words.

She embraced the outcast leper; sheltered the homeless, dying man abandoned on the street; loved the orphaned, hungry, destitute child; and infused hope in marginalized, despairing hearts.

In accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa said these powerful words, “I am grateful, and I am very happy to receive it in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the leprous, for all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for, or thrown away (by) society.”

In St. Mark’s Gospel, two disciples, James and John, request Jesus for positions of high honor close to him, at his right and left hand.

Like James and John, we all welcome a special pat on the back, enjoy places of honor, and seek after status symbols. We envy those in authority and exert personal agendas whenever we can.

Jesus’ response points to the meaning of Christian discipleship even as he has compassion on our human weakness. Jesus calls us to something far more satisfying.

Jesus challenges his disciples, and us, to live in the joy and freedom of this Christian paradox — greatness is to be found in selfless service “whoever wishes to be great among you,” says Jesus, “will be your servant.”

Jem Sullivan is secretary for Catholic education of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

Pope's October Prayer Intention Print E-mail
In 2018, the Pope will present one prepared prayer intention per month, rather than two.
Pope's October Prayer Intention

Evangelization: The Mission of Religious
That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the
poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.

Daily Scripture Readings Print E-mail
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Holy Days of Obligation Print E-mail

The following are Holy Days of Obligation for 2018.

Holy Days of Obligation Description
Monday, Jan. 1
Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God
Sunday, May 13
Ascension Thursday
Wednesday, Aug. 15
Solemnity of the Assumption
Thursday, Nov. 1
All Saints Day
Saturday, Dec. 8
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Tuesday, Dec. 25
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Prayer to St. Raphael Print E-mail

photo of Pilgrim Icon of St. Raphael

Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners.

We beg you, assist us in all our needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the "medicine of God" we humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of our souls and the ills that afflict our bodies.

We especially ask your guidance of our diocese as we journey toward the rebuilding of a cathedral bearing your name, and the great grace of purity to prepare us to be temples of the Holy Spirit. As our intercessor, beg the Blessed Trinity to prosper the work of our hands and, above all, to bring us, face-to-face, into their Holy presence.


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