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The Peace Pulpit: "Jesus is teaching us in the ultimate way about love. You don't just love those who love you; you love your enemies."
Spiritual Reflections: Mark used the word serve sparsely in his Gospel. The next time Mark uses this word he is quoting Jesus himself. Jesus used the word when he described his own vocation.
Spiritual Reflections: If we wish to understand and implement Jesus' vision today, we must pause from our frenetic activity to contemplate our own reality, to cultivate what Pope Francis calls "serene attentiveness" and gratitude to God.
The Peace Pulpit: We must listen, we must become those disciples who are truly living stones, sharing the life of Jesus, becoming priests in his name — all of us.