Jesus never minced words. Jesus never spoke into the air. He spoke to real people — men and women with real feelings, real ambitions, real hopes and dreams, real joys and sorrows, real problems. He had a way of speaking that commanded attention, made people listen, compelled people to respond. Jesus had a way of making people take Him seriously — so much so that those who responded negatively, responded violently. And they crucified Him.
In today’s Gospel episode, Jesus is teaching the disciples a lesson that has been evoking negatives responses through all the Ages, even in our time — perhaps especially in our time:
If any one would be first, he must first be last of…
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