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On August 27, 2018, the leadership of the SVD Philippines Central Province underwent a change as outgoing Provincial Superior Raymund Festin, who was newly elected to the General Council in Rome, turned over his office to former Vice Provincial Jerome Marquez SVD, who succeeds him as the new Provincial Superior.Fr. Marquez is the ninth to occupy the position since the Philippine Central Province was created in 1983.

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A religious missionary community of priests and brothers inspired by the Holy Triune God, proclaiming the reign of God by sharing intercultural life and mission among ourselves and our dialogue partners, following the example of Saints Arnold Janssen and Joseph Freinademetz

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To witness to God’s love, as told in the Scriptures, sending us to transform all creation through self-giving and dialogue

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Sunday Reflections

25th Sunday

September 23, 2018

Mark 9, 30-37

 

They left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but he did not wish anyone to know about it. He was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death he will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, he began to ask them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they remained silent. They had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” Taking a child he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but the one who sent me.”

 

 


Reflection

The contrast could not have been any clearer. Between Jesus and his disciples. Between God’s ways and worldly ways. Between selfless service and selfish ambition.

The disciples continued to hold on to the customary idea of a God identified with power and might, and of the Messiah who would come as a victorious conqueror. In the light of this, it was quite natural for them to give expression to their personal ambitions and argue about who among them was the greatest. Jesus, on the other hand, in this second prediction of his passion, tried to show them a different image of God and of the Messiah. A Messiah who would come to save the people not through the way of power and might in victorious majesty but through the path of weakness and suffering in selfless service. And a God who was totally “different” as to upturn the accepted values of the world, a God who was utterly “other” as to upset conventional ways of looking at the world. As the Gospel puts it: “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”

The passion of Jesus is a revelation of the “other face” of God – not the familiar and customary face of God which makes us complacent and comfortable, but the unfamiliar and mysterious face of God which challenges and disturbs us. Not the familiar face of God as seen from the “overside” of history, that is, from the standpoint of the victors and the powerful, but the unfamiliar face of God as seen from the “underside” of history, that is, from the standpoint of the victims and the marginalized.

It is at the risk of missing God’s truth and of misunderstanding Jesus that we resist or reject the “otherness” of God. It is also at the risk of getting stuck in our old selves that we fail or neglect to see the “other face” of God. For this other face of God summons us to newness, calls us to become more than ourselves, and leads us to a new sense of the nearness of God. As Pope Francis puts it: “We become fully human when we become more than human, when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order to attain the fullest truth of our being.” (EG 8).

 

By Fr. Antonio Pernia SVD

 

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