29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

(Year B)

16 October 5pm,

17 October 8:30 & 10:00am.

Join us for Mass on this 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time where Jesus teaches that those who wish to be great must be the servant of all.

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Fr. Stan writes…

This week, Jesus explains the importance of service and sacrifice in the life of a disciple. In particular, he seems to be preparing the Twelve for their leadership roles in the emerging Christian community. Echoing the Gospel we heard several weeks ago, Jesus acknowledges that his teaching is countercultural. In today’s Gospel, Jesus contrasts the dynamics within the community of disciples with those shown by the rulers of the Gentiles. Today’s Gospel can be an invitation to consider how authority is exercised in our lives. There is a temptation to exercise our authority in ways that show our power over others. Especially when conflicts emerge, many of us rely upon the power we believe our role gives to us. Jesus teaches us that there is a more persuasive form of leadership. In these daily challenges we can practice and teach the kind of service and leadership Jesus modelled for us in his ministry and in his passion and death.


Is 53:10-11

A reading from the prophet Isaiah

The Lord has been pleased to crush his servant with suffering.

If he offers his life in atonement,

he shall see his heirs, he shall have a long life

and through him what the Lord wishes will be done.

His soul’s anguish over

he shall see the light and be content.

By his sufferings shall my servant justify many,

taking their faults on himself.

To indicate the end of the reading, the reader acclaims:

The word of the Lord

Ps 32:4-5. 18-20. 22. R. v.22

(R.) Lord, let your mercy be on us,

as we place our trust in you.


1. The word of the Lord is faithful

and all his works to be trusted.

The Lord loves justice and right

and fills the earth with his love. (R.)


2. The Lord looks on those who revere him,

on those who hope in his love.

to rescue their souls from death,

to keep them alive in famine. (R.)


3. Our soul is waiting for the Lord.

The Lord is our help and our shield.

May your love be upon us, O Lord,

as we place all our hope in you. (R.)

Heb 4:14-16

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews

Since in Jesus, the Son of God, we have the supreme high priest who has gone through to the highest heaven, we must never let go of the faith that we have professed. For it is not as if we had a high priest who was incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us; but we have one who has been tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin. Let us be confident, then, in approaching the throne of grace, that we shall have mercy from him and find grace when we are in need of help.

To indicate the end of the reading, the reader acclaims:

The word of the Lord

Mk 10:45

Alleluia, alleluia!

The Son of Man came to serve

and to give his life as a ransom for all.


Mk 10:35-45

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached Jesus. ‘Master,’ they said to him, ‘we want you to do us a favour.’ He said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ They said to him, ‘Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.’ ‘You do not know what you are asking’ Jesus said to them. ‘Can you drink the cup that I must drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I must be baptised?’ They replied, ‘We can.’ Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I must drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I must be baptised you shall be baptised, but as for seats at my right hand or my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted.’

When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant with James and John, so Jesus called them to him and said to them: ‘You know that among the pagans their so-called rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

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