Whoever wants to be great among you will be your servant.
Whoever wants to be first among you will be the slave of all.
A few of the disciples are at it again—looking for high positions of honor in Jesus’s kingdom. It takes a long time for these men to know that they are closer to Jesus when they serve others, than when they sit next to him in seats of privilege. The privilege for us as Christians is to be invited to be part of Jesus’s loving community of service. And as for recognition of honor: Jesus was crucified! So if you love Jesus and want to serve him by loving and serving others, then it will mean a kind of death to our preferences to be looking for “Oscars” and “Emmys” for our Christian performance.
Verse 44 is the ultimate reversal. If you want to be first, you must be willing to be counted last! But this is so good! The more our pride dissolves, the more the brightness of humility can shine. Think long and quietly about that verse and see how you can live it one day at a time.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
The greatest is the servant. v. 43
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
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