Share your “highs” and your “lows” for the past week with each other.
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
What images or words or phrases speak particularly to you in this reading? What/who is a winner? What/who is a loser? Martin Luther wrote in his treatise “Freedom of a Christian” that a Christian is a “perfectly free Lord of all, subject to none” and that a Christian is a “dutiful servant of all, subject to all.” These paradoxical claims actually perfectly incapsulate what it means to follow Jesus. We are set “free” to live a life of “service” toward others. How might you consider your a life that is “free to serve”?
Special prayer requests: Pray for our nation and our world during this unprecedented time of Covid-19, especially those who have been affected and who are ill.
Bless each other by making the sign of the cross on each one’s forehead.