October 18, 2015
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink, you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized."
My 10-year-old son participates in a boxing training session at a local gym once a week with other home-schooled boys. There's no actual contact, just an hour of workouts with gloves and weights and whatever else they use. It's hard. When I pick him up, he's exhausted and tells me how challenging the exercises were. But while he's telling me this, he's smiling.
I don't know how the coach does it, but there's something about the fellow's manner and presentation that evidently convinces a bunch of kids that what they're suffering has value.
It's amazing to me and a reminder, as well, to not shield him from Jesus' hard words. The relatively narrow context of the personal challenge of this class can point to something true on a far more important scale, and for me as well. If we can put aside comfort for a personal goal, we can surely not turn from suffering for the sake of love.
- Amy Welborn
Isaiah 53:10-11|Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22|Hebrews 4:14-16|Mark 10:35-45