Tuesday 25 February 2020
James 4:1-10. Psalm 54(55):7-11, 23. Mark 9:30-37.
Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you – Psalm 54(55):7-11, 23.
‘What were you arguing about on the way?’
Jesus, quietly walking along the way, waits till arrival at Capernaum before asking his disciples an insightful question: ‘what were you arguing about on the way?’ They fall silent before him. The disciples had been ranking each other in terms of greatness. They were comparing. Rather than celebrating each other’s unique gifts, the discussion is a source of division. Sensing the mood of the discussion, Jesus sits down, calling the twelve back to their deepest identity as disciples. He issues a challenging teaching: ‘if anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.’ As a community for mission, the disciples need to learn to care for each other. This is a call to a new way of being, acting, and living.
God of the journey, build each of us up that we may encourage one another to walk the way to life.