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Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time - 21 October 2018

Three Hummock Island

Tasmania is responsible for liberating the Popes from the wrong-headedness displayed by John and James in today’s Gospel. What were those sons of Zebedee up to? They wanted the most powerful positions in God’s Kingdom after Jesus led a Messianic revolt to throw off the yoke of imperial Rome. But in making that request, they were entirely in the mindset of imperial Rome. They wanted to throw off the Roman exercise of power, with some ‘lording it’ over others in an authoritarian way, but they wanted to be part of a similar sort of power structure …for good purposes naturally!

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