In today’s gospel we see that for the disciples, suffering was not in agreement with the idea that they had of the Messiah. The disciples were terrified, and those who were behind were afraid. They did not understand what was happening. If we know what awaits us as we serve the Lord, we will not be disappointed, discouraged or frustrated. A disciple must follow the Master, even if it entails suffering with him.
Because of our fallen nature we often ask of God those things which are not good for us. They said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” (Mk 10:35).
It definitely shows commendable faith to ask for the great things he has promised but it was a culpable presumption on the part of these disciples to make such a boundless demand upon their Master.
The position of a servant is a lowly one, but it reflects the glory of the Master. For the servant there will indeed be joys and sorrows,
“The cup that I drink, you will drink … but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give.” (Mk 10:39-40a).
It is the will of Christ that we should prepare for sufferings, and leave it to him to recompense us for them. Can he forget the servants’ works of faith and labour of love? There is indeed glory to come,
“For those for whom it has been prepared.” (Mk 10:40b).
In our world today, we exercise leadership with power and control. Jesus said it’s not that way; in the kingdom of God you lead people by working on their behalf. Jesus said,
“Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.” (Mk 10:43b-44).
Is your focus directed to what you are able to give to others or on what you can get from them? Let us, therefore, learn from him who went with boldness to Jerusalem, not stepping back even when it came to the hardest part of his leadership, to lay down his life for us.
“They were on the way; going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus went ahead of them.” (Mk 10:32a).
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