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Somebody Knows And Somebody Cares

If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all
Mark 9:30-37

Sermon Topic Servanthood

Sermon Week Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 9:35


Jesus never minced words. Jesus never spoke into the air. He spoke to real people -- men and women with real feelings, real ambitions, real hopes and dreams, real joys and sorrows, real problems. He had a way of speaking that commanded attention, made people listen, compelled people to respond. Jesus had a way of making people take Him seriously -- so much so that those who responded negatively, responded violently. And they crucified Him.

In today's Gospel episode, Jesus is teaching the disciples a lesson that has been evoking negatives responses through all the Ages, even in our time -- perhaps especially in our time:

If any one would be first, he must first be last of all and servant of all (Mk. 9;35).

Jesus is speaking here to some of his best friends and closest followers about a real problem they have. Those disciples had just been discussing among themselves the question of who was the greatest among them -- who was Number One. And Jesus wants to put an end to that kind of talk.

There is a modern story about a woman who had been trying for years to persuade her egotistical husband to put an end to that kind of talk. This man was obsessed with the number "One." He never stopped talking about being first in sales at the office, first on the list for the next promotion. He enjoyed playing tennis and golf, but only when he won. He had to be first in line to buy tickets for a game and first to hit the parking lot after the event. (Does he sound like anyone you know? Or, could it be that he sounds like you?) In any case, this man's long-suffering wife watched with interest one day when he stepped on one of those fortune-telling scales. He dropped a coin in the slot and out came a little "Fortune-telling" card which read:

You are a born leader, with superior intelligence,
quick with and charming manner -- magnetic
personality and attractive to the opposite sex.

"Read that!" the man said to his [...]

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