Show Him Your Hands!

The Son of Man Himself did not come to be served but to serve

Mark 10:45
Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalms 33:4-5,18-20,22; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45

Albert Schweitzer, the medical missionary who spent fifty years of his life serving his fellow human beings in the oppressive heat of the African jungle said this to a group of admiring students:

“I don’t know what your final destiny will be, but one thing I do know: The only ones among you who will be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

In today’s Gospel Lesson two of the Apostles, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approach Jesus. “Master,” they ask, “we want You to do us a favour… Allow us to sit one at Your right hand and the other at Your left when You are in Your glory (Mk. 10:35, 37). The “Hand of God” was a symbol of the highest power and glory, and here are James and John trying to exact a promise for a share in God’s power and glory greater than anyone else’s. In so doing, they irreverently reduce Jesus’ promise of the…

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