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All Saying The Same Thing!

**... anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant** (Mark 10:43).
Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalms 33:4-5,18,20,22; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45

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Sermon Week Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 10:43

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A political analyst in the U.S.A. once said that among the many characteristics of persons who aspire to the nation's highest office, a certain amount of arrogance is evident. To demonstrate, he told the following story:

After a hard day's campaigning for the Office of President of the United States, candidate Ross Perot went to sleep and dreamed that he and two others who had been Presidential candidates died and went to Heaven. They were immediately brought before the Lord who was seated on His throne.

The Lord asked the first candidate: "What is your name and what have you done to merit being here?" To which the first candidate replied, "My name is George Bush and I served four years as President of the United States." He went on to tell the Lord all that he had done for Americans and for others around the world. "Welcome," said the Lord, "take the seat on my right."

The Lord asked the second candidate: "What is your name and what have you done to merit being here?" To which the second candidate replied, "My name is Bill Clinton and I was twice elected to the Office of President of the United States." Then he went on to tell the Lord all that he had done for Americans and for people around the world. "Welcome," said the Lord, "take the seat on my left."

The Lord asked the third candidate: "What is your name and what have you done to merit being here?" To which the third candidate replied, "My name is Ross Perot, and I believe you are sitting in my seat."

Among the many conclusions drawn by the political pollsters is that the candidates' loyal supporters fall into two categories. There are those whose loyalty is motivated by the public interest, and those whose loyalty is motivated by self-interest. For the former, the most important consideration is the quality of service to be rendered to all the people. For the latter, the most important consideration is, "What's in it for me?" Today's Gospel Lesson comes at a time when at least two of Jesus' Apostles [...]

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