Grace and Peace to you.
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,
“Whoever wishes to become great among you
must be your servant.
—Mark 10.37, 43
We’re tempted to believe our faith gives us some privilege
in the eyes of God.
But Jesus disagrees. God’s grace is absolute, and unalterable.
For Jesus faith leads to love of others, not reward of self.
His radical self-emptying invites us always to be mindful,
in any situation and in all culture in general:
What power or privilege do I have?
What power or privilege do I unconsciously expect to be entitled to?
Who is without such power or privilege?
How might I use my resources to serve them—not to patronize,
but to position myself beneath them as servant?
My response may be a great self-sacrifice, or as simple as listening.
There are no right or wrong answers,
only an invitation to continual self-examination.
And a remembrance that Christ is doing this,
continually, for me, and for them.