02/28/19 – Mark 9:30-10:12; Psalm 44:1-8; Proverbs 10:19
Mark 9: 33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
Earlier in today’s reading Jesus had, again, told his disciples His future, what the Son of Man would endure. And how did the disciples react? As with some of us today they responded out of a desire for pride and personal power.
35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
Scripture does not relay Jesus’s emotion at this time but I can envision Him just very quietly taking a seat and “waving” the disciples over to Him. And then presenting this radical reality — to lead you must serve, to be first you must be last, to be a king you must be a servant.
QUESTION — Do we allow our vanity & pursuit of ambition to hinder devotion to God’s will today — to serve others. Just take a look at Sunday’s Bulletin and you will see many opportunities to serve others with your talents and skills — do you serve or do want to know am I the greatest?