“For the son of man himself came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
Poor James and John. They had followed Jesus so closely and were among the first disciples called and they still didn’t get the point. They had a “Kodak moment” of Jesus as he was transfigured with Moses and Elijah and still didn’t get the picture. Jesus once again spoke of the passion and they had the shameless nerve to ask for positions of power.
There can be no true authority without humble, sacrificial service. Again, our Lord talks of the brutal ordeal he must go through. He is not going to Jerusalem to be coronated or inaugurated. He is going there to give his life as a ransom for many. As a result of this sacrifice, after three days he will rise again. Positions of authority is not something we are not things we are to pursue in this world nor the world to come. God will decide who fills seats according to his will. Our responsibility is to be servants to one another. If we fail to make ourselves slaves to others, our seats will not save us and we make a mockery of the Savior whom we proclaim.
And the fact that he calls himself the “Son of man” should give us a clue as to how we should see ourselves. We who are pastors or other church leaders ought be examples of humility and service to our communities. We ought to feel a bit embarrassed when people call us “father” or “reverend.”
Yours in Christ,
Brother Cyprian Bluemood
Order of Saint-Simon of Cyrene