The apostles were close to Jesus witnessing the miracles he wrought; listening to his teaching. Yet, in today’s gospel we note how James and John were cleverly scheming their way for balcony seats in the kingdom. In spite of being so close to Jesus, having lived and moved with him, they had failed to understand him; to comprehend his teaching; to follow his example.
This can happen to us too. We have practiced and professed the faith, spent so many hours in prayer, participated in numberless masses, received Jesus in Holy Communion ever so often and yet our attitudes, our priorities, our choices can be so very different from His. Jesus was Lord and Leader, no doubt. But he was a Servant Lord and his leadership was a servant leadership for he came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. “Minister” means “servant”. Ministers, whether in Church or government, are therefore servants of the people. Office in the Church is always for service.