MASS SCHEDULES
  • 6.30 am
  • 6.00 pm
  • 8.00 pm

Blessing of the columbarium after the 6.30 am Mass

     31 October 2018

  • 8.00 pm (No 6.00 pm Mass)

     1 November 2018

  • 6.30 am;
  • 6.00 pm;
  • 8.00 pm

All Masses in the Main Church

 

  • 6:30 am
  • 6:00 pm
  • 9:00 am (Public Holiday only)
  • 6:30 am
  • 5:00 pm (Novena)
  • 6:00 pm (Sunset Mass)
  • 6:45 am
  • 8:00 am (Mandarin)
  • 9:45 am
  • 11:30 am
  • 2:00 pm (Tagalog – First Sunday only)
  • 5:30 pm

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

October 20, 2018

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)

It has been estimated that Internet start-up companies try to squeeze ten years’ worth of growth in just three years. Imagine the grueling amount of work the entire team would have to perform over that time. Imagine the sacrifices each team member would have to make in order to make the company a success.

Now imagine if one day, one of the employees of such a company stood up in a meeting and asked the founder to make him a key executive over everyone else. Imagine him asking for the corner office and all the other perks that come with such a position. How do you think his coworkers would react? They had all worked hard! Why should this fellow get special treatment?

This scenario is a bit of a modern take on today’s Gospel reading, as James and John ask Jesus to guarantee them special seating when he comes into his kingdom. All the disciples had worked hard and followed Jesus faithfully, so why should these two be raised up above the others?

It seems that James and John missed three important points. First they didn’t understand that Jesus was destined to be a heavenly king, not an earthly one. They missed that he wanted to build a kingdom focused on mercy and love, not power and domination.

Second, they didn’t realise that Jesus had come to die, not to reign. He had come, not to be served like royalty, but to serve his people – to the point of giving up his very life for them.

Finally, they missed the point that this isn’t a competition. Everyone who serves Jesus will be given a seat of honour in heaven!

Like the apostles, you, too, are part of Jesus’ team. So think about your role in his organisation. How is he calling you to give your life in service to him and his kingdom?

Father, give me a servant’s heart. Lord, I want to dedicate myself to making sure that everyone in your kingdom succeeds.

Meditations 21 October 2018 ~ The Word Among Us

Bible

For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.