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14 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October 1: The road to Jerusalem: Domination vs By FATHER DONALD DILGER Columnist Gospel Commentary for October 19, 1997: Twenty-Ninth Sunday: Ordinary Time: Cycle B: Mark 10:3545 Under the form of a story about the ambition of the sons of Zebedee, James and John, Mark teaches his Christian commtmity a lesson in humility and service. James and John approach Jesus addressing him in Mark's manner as "teacher." This is Mark's way of indicating that Jesus is teaching his community at the time of writing as much as he did while instructing his immediate entourage of disciples• James and John ask Jesus for the first two places in his kingdom• Today we might call such positions secretary of state and secre- tary of defense. Jesus responds, "You don't know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism with which I am being baptized? Jesus was not talking about the baptism he received from John the Baptist• "Baptism" and "cup" are here used as synonyms. Both are a metaphor for suffering. Thus Jesus really asks, "Can you undergo the suffering and death that I am undergoing?" James and John reply in the affirmative. Jesus promises them that they will suffer as he did but it is not his prerogative to assign places in his kingdom. At this point in the story Jesus calls all the disciples to his side and admonishes them with a lesson in humil- ity and service• He expresses this lesson as follows. Among the pagans those who are recognized as rulers dominate their subjects and the great among them tyrannize them. This is not the style of a disci- ple of Jesus. Whoever wishes to be great in the Christ- ian community must be the servant, and whoever wants to be first must be the slave of the others. Then Mark gives the example of Jesus himself, "The Son of man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." What is the context of this story? How does Mark place it? What comes before it? What comes after it? These factors frequently determine point the author is teaching• Mark begins this section with a heading noting that Jesus and his disciples were on the road to Jerusalem• Jesus was walking boldly ahead while the disciples lagged behind afraid• This sets the stage for Jesus' third prediction about his condemnation to death, his deliverance to Roman authority, their phys- ical abuse of him and finally his execution. As in the other two predictions, Jesus ends with a promise of his resurrection. In this passion prediction just as in the statement about Jesus coming into the world not to be served but to serve and give his life Mark calls Jesus "Son of man." Although the original meaning of this Aramaic phrase means "human being," the phrase had taken on much greater meaning through the symbolism of the Book of Daniel and later interpretation. By the time when the gospels were written "Son of man" seems to have become synonymous at least in some theological circles with terms such as Messiah, Son of David, and the Servant of Yahweh of Isaiah 52:13- 53:12, who is handed over by God, is put to death, but is eventually vindicated and exalted by God. "Son of man" was no longer just a symbol of Jewish empire as it was in its use in Daniel 7:13-14, an empire that received from God glory, power, domin- ion, an eternal kingdom. Through a century of inter- pretation of the Daniel passage, Son of man had evolved into an awaited historical figure with all the power and glory attributed to the symbol in Daniel 7. Christian teachers and writers applied both title and attributes to Jesus• Mark does so in does so with great deliberation• If man, with all the power and glory that was to undergo suffering and death, was to vant and slave of all, was even to give many, then the same pattern must be those who claim to be his disciples,who look for first places in his kingdom. who follow this pattern initiated by Jesus as man can expect the same result with which ended all his passion predictions• The Son would rise again. Paul expressed the Philippians 2:8-9, when he writes of l "... he humbled himself and became death, even death on a cross, therefore God ha,  ly exalted him and bestowed on him a name above every other name... "Paul beg words, "Do nothing from selfishness in humility count others better than Have this mind in you which is .. though he was in the form of God, emptied i self, taking on the form of servant .... " Mark portrays Jesus making three dictions. After each one of them he de disciples rejected the path Jesus walked, that vant. First, Peter rejected the words of Jews. all of the disciple:, by arguing who was tant among them. Thirdly, the ambition of John is a rejection of Jesus' path of humble who lives for others. Lhter we are shc denied knowing Jesus, how Judas betrayed all abandoned Jesus. It remains for each of how we fit into this portrayal of humble our work and lifestyle reflect to Jews gave his life for others? Readings: Isaiah 53:10-11; Hebrews 4:1416.  Golden Jubilarians Arthur and Janice (Lounsberry) Stippler of Evansville will cele- brate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanks- giving at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at Holy Spirit Church, Evansville. A recep- tion will be held for invited guests; the couple requests no gifts. They were married Oct. 24,1947, at St. Augustine Church in Kala- mazoo, Mich. They are the parents of seven children: Patricia Whitehouse of Gladstone, N.J.; Rebecca Tarvin of North East, Md.; Mary Stippler of Evansville; Eric Stippler of Leeds, Ala.; Janifer Bliss of Tampa, Fla.; Timothy Stippler of Jacksonville, Fla., Roxanne Eisner of Littleton, Colo.. They have 11 grandchil- dren. Mr. Stippler is active in Visiting Nurse Plus; Mrs. Stippler is a retired nurse. DUBOIS COUNTY BANK MEMBER OLD NATIONAL BANCORP Member FDIC YOUR FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK Golden Jubilarians John "Jack" and Rose Marie (Hermann) Bennett of Evansville will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary Oct. 18. They were married Oct. 25, 1947, at St. Benedict Church, Evansville. They are the parents of five children: Thomas Bennett, John Ben- nett, Bob Bennett, Terry Bennett, all of Evansville, and Janie Pit- cock of Bowling Green, Ky. They have 13 grandchildren. Mr. Ben- nett retired from Boetticher and Kellogg Wholesale Hardware Co. in 1987. I ii iiii Wade Funeral Home • 119 S. 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