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What's In It For Me?

The Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve--to give His life in ransom for the many
Mark 10:35-45 or 10:42-45

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Sermon Week Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 10:45


The first political poll in the U.S. was conducted in 1824. People were asked which Presidential candidate they preferred, Andrew Jackson or John Quincy Adams. The results showed Jackson as the people's choice. (But Adams won the election.) In recent years, pre-election polls have emerged as highly important campaign strategy tools. The idea of testing the waters by means of polling is not new. What is new is the level of sophistication they have reached in the computer age. The techniques for cross-checking public opinion have become so highly complex it requires a mathematical wizard to organize a major poll. Theoretically, at least, these added resources enable candidates for high public office to acquire enormously detailed information on who supports them and why. But, when all the information is distilled and digested, one's loyal supporters are, in general, either of two kinds. There are those whose loyalty is motivated by the public interest, and those whose loyalty is motivated by self-interest. For the former, the important consideration is the quality of service to be rendered to all the people. For the latter, the important consideration is "What's in it for me?"

In the "Last Supper" scene from "Jesus Christ Superstar," 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" expresses 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." Whether or not we like the "Superstar" rock-opera we would be on shaky ground if we were to accuse the authors of irreverence or unjust disparagement of the Apostles' image. The truth is that there were times when the Apostles' loyalty to Jesus was motivated by self-interest. Today's Gospel story gives us an example of misguided, "What's in [...]

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