October 21-29th Sunday in Ordinary Time-Mark 10:35-45
Two of Jesus’ apostles ask to be given the seats beside him in the glory of heaven.
Jesus tells them they do not realize what it is they are asking, and then he asks them whether they can go through everything he will go through. They say they can. Jesus responds by telling them they will go through those things, but that he cannot give them the places of honor in heaven because those places are already reserved. Jesus calls the apostles together and explains to them that although the rulers in the world are harsh and demanding leaders, the followers of Jesus who wish to be great should be a servant and a slave to others. He says, “The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
- What did Jesus do to show that he was a servant to others?
- How can you be a servant, too?
- A ‘ransom’ is payment made to rescue or save someone. What ransom did Jesus make? Whom was he rescuing?