Reflections from October 18 Gospel
In the wake of James and John’s vanity, Jesus upset the status quo, as was typical of so many of his teachings. He put forward this clear image of the servant leader: “Whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.” As followers of Christ, this instruction applies to us as well. We are called to the humility of service that seeks neither personal glory nor gain. We are called to use what authority we may have in the world for the benefit of our brothers and sisters.
At the same time, today’s Gospel gives us cause to meditate upon our association with Jesus and what we hope to get out of it. Why are we Christian? Are we only after the glory of heaven? Are we afraid to publicly profess our faith when it might hurt our reputation? Or are we in this for the love of the Lord, who came into this world “to serve and to give his life as a ransom” for us?
Questions of the Week
What conditions do you place on
following the Lord?
When have you suffered for a higher good?
How are you able to sympathize with other people.