Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalm 33:4-5,18-20,22; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45
In April of this year, the groundbreaking 1970s rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” was presented as a live concert on network TV. The star-studded performance received great reviews and an audience of nearly ten million viewers. In the “Last Supper” scene from the opera, the Apostles sing this smug refrain of personal ambition:
Always hoped that I’d be an Apostle
Knew that I would make it if I tried
Then when we retire we can write the Gospels
So they’ll still talk about us when we’ve died.
Notice, in four short lines there are seven references to “I,” “we” or “us.” The one reference to “they”express the Apostles’ hope that others will assign them an exalted place in history: “When we retire we can write the Gospels/So they’ll still talk about us when we’ve died.” The truth is that there were times when self-interest motivated the Apostles’ loyalty to Jesus. Today’s Gospel story gives us an example of misguided, “What’s…
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