25th Sunday Year B
This kind of ambition is also dangerous on another level, i.e. it allows people to be defined in terms of the job they do. Hence, if we see a person who’s well-dressed and learn, for instance, that a person is a doctor, our estimation of the person would soar. Whereas on the other hand, if we learn that a person is an ordinary worker, our estimation would stay low. But this is unfair and rather silly. There is something more important than the dress and the job, namely the kind of the human being behind the dress and the job. This was the mistake the apostles did when they put the job, or the position above everything else, thus defining greatness in terms of the position a person holds. For in their eyes the greatest among them would have been the one who had the highest position. But Jesus teaches them that the Kingdom was not about seeking honour and glory for oneself, rather His Kingdom was about serving others. If they were prepared to serve others, then by all means they could have a top place in the Kingdom. But they would not be sitting on high chairs or soft seats. They were more likely to go down on their knees with a basin of water in one hand and a towel in the other, washing the feet of “little ones” [Holy Thursday Liturgy]. Greatness lies in the ambition to serve others like Jesus did.
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