They went on from there and passed thought Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teahin his disciples, sayint to them, “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and hey will kill im; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask him.
And they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he aksed them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the Twelve and he said to them, “If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
Word of Jesus’ teaching, authority and power have spread. Every where He goes, there are crowds, pushing in on him, asking for miracles, expecting something great to happen. In this story, Jesus sneaks away from the crowds so that He can teach and guide his Tweleve Apostles for the great task that they will have of leading his Church and spreading His Gospel to “the ends of the earth.” He foretells his passion, death and resurrection. He is sharing with them important and intimate details about himself. He gave up the glory of being God and became man to suffer, die, and rise. He does this to save humanity from sin and death, and to open Heaven to mankind. He is speaking to them of the coming climax of his earthly life and the great task he has come to accomplish. What is their reaction?
Silence. They don’t understand, and they’re afraid to ask questions. When they do begin to speak again, what do they speak about? They argue about which one is the greatest.
What foolishness and vanity! Blinded by their pride and ambition, they do not even recognize the sifnificance of what Jesus is telling them, or how painful it might be for him. Jesus patiently corrects them. “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
We all want to be well thought of and liked. But this cannot be a driving force for us Christians. Look at your relationships, do you try to show others how important you are, or are you content to be quietly serving others?
Next time you are with a group of classmates or friends, try not to speak. Try to really listen to what the others are saying.