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From the cup I drink of you shall drink; the bath I am immersed in you shall share
Mark 10:35-45 or 10:42-45

Sermon Topic Christian Community

Sermon Week Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 10:39


It is noteworthy that Jesus hardly is ever by Himself in the Gospel records. He is with the crowds. He is with His disciples. He is with people. He is with Mary or Martha or Nicodemus or Zacchaeus or the woman at the well. In a more intimate way, He is with Peter, James and John. Even when He withdraws from the crowds for periods of intense prayer, He takes these closest friends along with Him. Recall how they are with Him on the Mount of Transfiguration and in the Garden at Gethsemane. He wants their support in these times of crisis and decision.

God's greatest gifts are given to us not when we are alone but when we are together. "Where two or three are gathered in My Name, there am I in their midst," Jesus said (Mt.18:20). "Two or three" is a Greek idiom. It does not mean two or three literally. It means more than one. It might be two or three, it might be eight or ten, it might be more than that. What Jesus is saying is that whenever we are together as Christians, whenever we have established that context for being together, He is there. The Living Christ is there to bring the healing and the forgiveness we need in order to be His disciples. It is happening here and now as we are gathered together in His Name. It happened here last week as we gathered in His Name. And the week before and the week before that. And each week Jesus dispatches us on a mission.

There is an early Gospel Episode in which Jesus sends out on Christian mission seventy-two disciples who had gathered together in His Name. We can easily identify with the "seventy-two." We gather in His Name as they did. We feel His healing presence as they did. We experience His forgiveness as they did. It is possible also that, in some degree at least, we leave with a sense of mission as they did. Often, however, that is where the similarity ends. We find it considerably more [...]

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