For the third time in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus tells his apostles that he is on the road to his passion, death and resurrection. They hear the part about the resurrection and begin to compete to be at his right and left in glory. What they didn’t want to hear was the first part: to practice servant leadership to the point of being willing to give up even one’s own life to save others. For Jesus, the glory is found in lives of the people he touches along the way.
Even for us, it is much easier to just praise the Lord and sing of his glory than to follow in his footsteps. The desire to seek future glory but not see the present glory in the practice of service to others is still a real temptation for us today.
The mission of the Church is the same as it always has been: to walk the walk with Jesus. The Gospel is to be proclaimed not just with words, but also with actions. True love expressed in forgiveness and a healthy sacrificial service to others continues to be an authentic proclamation of the Gospel message.
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC