Jesus’ Twelve Apostles were all men. That means there was a lot of testosterone around. In today’s Gospel reading from Mark 9, Jesus asks them what they were talking about on a journey. The answer shouldn’t surprise.
“They had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, ‘If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.'”
Wouldn't it be awesome to be the greatest at something? In sports, it's a never-ending argument. Michael Jordan or Lebron James? Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus? Messi or Ronaldo? Doing big things is fine, but Jesus lets us know that God notices the little things – and the little ones. To be truly great, we must become servants.
Father, forgive us for the times when we seek greatness in the eyes of the world or of others. May we seek greatness in your eyes by being the servant of all. Amen.