In the reading for today, Mark shows what discipleship can mean. The disciples have been clamouring for power and prestige, and envisioning the future in terms of Roman socio-political customs. Jesus’ teaching is much to the contrary.
Jesus has highlighted a way he is to be imitated. What life-changing impacts could be made if all those who are in positions of authority-judges, lawyers, CEOs, managers, politicians, executives, you and I-imitated Jesus as a servant. The lure of power can trap all of us, not just the disciples.
What would be the impact on the church, our congregations and our communities if we imitated Jesus? Our focus should not be on our success or failure of becoming a servant to others, but rather on how we experience the freedom that God has enabled for us through the death of Jesus, and relate it to the community in which we live.
Lord, help us to engage in ways that imitate the example of Jesus through humble and self-sacrificial living for the sake of others. Amen. — JM