Thought of the day
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

"Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant"

Commentary of the day 
Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), Dominican theologian, Doctor of the Church 
On the Apostles' Creed (Collationes In Symbolum apostolorum, art. 4 § 64.70.72-76; (trans. Joseph Collins)
"Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant"

What need was there that the Son of God should suffer for us? There was great need: and indeed it can be assigned to two reasons. The first is that it was a remedy against sin, and the second is for an example of what we should do... For the Passion of Christ can bring about a complete reformation of our lives... If you seek an example of charity, then “no one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends” (Jn 15,13)... If you seek an example of patience, you will find it in its highest degree on the cross... Christ suffered greatly upon the cross and with all patience, because “when he was insulted, he returned no insult” (1Pt 2,23), “like a lamb led to the slaughter, he opened not his mouth” (Is 53,7)... “Let us persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame” (Heb 12,1-2). 

If you seek an example of humility, look upon him who is crucified; although he was God, he chose to be judged by Pontius Pilate and put to death... If you seek an example of obedience, imitate him who was obedient to the Father “even to death” (Phil 2,8). “For just as through the disobedience of one person, Adam, the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of one the many will be made righteous” (Rom 5,19)... If you seek an example of contempt for earthly things, imitate him who is “King of kings and Lord of lords” (1Tm 6,15), “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2,3). On the cross he was stripped naked, ridiculed, spat upon, bruised, crowned with thorns, given to drink of vinegar and gall.

Commentary of the day : Saint Thomas Aquinas 
"Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant"