Tuesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time
Feast of Saint James, Apostle
July 25, 2017
Losing is Gaining in the Kingdom of God
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and the great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Today’s Readings differentiates the two kingdoms, the Kingdom of Man and the Kingdom of Heaven. Many of Jesus’s Disciples were freedom fighters, they joined Jesus in order to fight against the Roman Authority and so to be freed from the Slavery. Jews believed that Salvation is only for them and everyone else was destined to hell. The two Sons of Salome and Zebedee, James & John had a great zeal to serve God in their time. They thought fighting against the heathen is the way to serve the Lord. In this situation Salome, the mother of John and James comes to Jesus with a request, to make her Sons, second in command in the kingdom of Man. Jesus gives the message of Salvation to this ignorant mother and sons who had wrong idea about the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus gives following message of salvation
- Jesus is not an Earthly King but a Prince of Peace.
- The Kingdom of Heaven is not Earthly Kingdom but is Love, joy & Peace
- To serve Jesus, one must lose himself and be the servant of all.
- God has chosen his servants before the Creation of the World.
- People who love & serve others are people of Heaven, no matter their faith, beliefs, caste, language, nationality or any conditions of life.
If we Compare modern parents to the parents of James and John, we don’t see much difference. Today the parents want their children to be wealthy, full of worldly knowledge, The parents of James and John requested Jesus for these same things. James and John became powerful disciples of Jesus so they could spread the message of servanthood. In the end James was put to the death and John was exiled and imprisoned for life. Salome the mother of James and John was at the foot of Cross weeping at the death of Jesus. They all believed in Jesus and changed their life according to message of servanthood and became the servants of Peace and love. Friends there is no other World than the Kingdom of forgiveness, love, giving, courage, losing, defending the truth. All those people who accepted and live this message are in the Kingdom of Jesus.
We all sin so much despite knowing the consequences but we still call ourselves Christians because we still do not understand the Kingdom of God in our lives and remain as people of this world despite of our Baptism and Sacraments we receive as a reminder of our Christion duties. All the Sacraments represent the servanthood of Jesus which are to be shown through the way we live but if we think we are born Christians and received Baptism and fulfil our Sunday obligations and can live a Worldly life, we are hypocrites like those Jews at the time of Jesus who used to think they were the chosen race of God and all other people are Evil. Jesus gives a message of Losing is gaining in the Kingdom of Jesus and every person in this World follow and live this message is a real follower of Jesus who will bear fruit that will last for ever. The judgement of God is beyond our imagination and as Jesus said the first in this World today will be last and the last in this World will be first. Let us give our Children the education of serving and caring and teach them to lose for others to gain in the Kingdom of Jesus. The rat race of success and Winning attitude is not Christianity but to be a servant of others and losing for the love of others is Christianity. The entire World is going the opposite direction which leads to hell but the direction of love and care leads to Jesus.