Did you ever wonder why the Church has a thing for relics? I have! It’s weird … why do we get excited over pieces of a saint’s body? Why do we even have pieces of saint’s bodies? A recent visit of the relics of St. Anthony of Padua to my parish helped me better understand.
In the readings for Sunday, Oct. 21, Jesus reminds us that if we want to be great and have authority, we have to become a servant. Our Gospel makes it very clear that it’s a baptism of service; one of sacrifice — possibly even the sacrifice of our lives. Jesus asks James and John if they are prepared to accept that baptism, a baptism of danger, when they ask him to give them places of honor in heaven. He tells them that they will, in fact, experience what Jesus will experience.