Sunday 21 October 2018
Week I Psalter. 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Isaiah 53:10-11. Psalm 32(33):4-5, 18-19, 20, 22. Hebrews 4:14-16. Mark 10:35-45.
Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you – Psalm 32(33):4-5, 18-19, 20, 22.
‘Can you drink the cup that I must drink?’
This classic passage of James and John requesting Jesus for prime positions in heaven is essentially a story of human nature’s often problematic pursuit of its ideals. Jesus says, ‘You don’t know what you are asking for’ and then reminds the other disciples that the point is to serve and not be served.
This feels like a familiar story, where we tend to gravitate toward achieving ideals but sometimes at the expense of others or for our own personal benefit. On these occasions, hindsight can cause embarrassment, at the least.
Let us take a closer look at what motivates us in our ambitions and make some adjustments.