Sunday, October 17, 2021
The readings for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B speak of the cost of discipleship. The first reading (Isaiah 53:10-11) foretells of Jesus’ sacrifice for us. The psalm (Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22) sings “Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.” The second reading (Hebrews 4:14-16) reminds us that Jesus understands our weaknesses. And in the gospel (Mark 10:35-45), Jesus warns his disciples that it will be difficult to follow him and they must develop servants’ hearts.
Humility, sacrifice, and mercy are topics for these readings. Here are some ideas: