A Jealous Dispute: Day 6 of Lent
24 A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
28 “You are those who have stood by me in my trials; 29 and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. -Luke 22:24-30
That’s a good start, Lord!
I suppose they were all a bit scared, with so much secrecy,
and all the tension, and being in Jerusalem again,
. . . and no servant at the door even!
But we can’t excuse it by saying it was the wine speaking,
– not this early in the evening!
How many times do you have to tell them?
How many times do you have to tell us?
It’s going to take more than words!
Your promises about sitting at your table are very reassuring,
servanthood and thrones
. . . don’t seem to fit together.
Teach me, . . . show me, . . . give me the humility
that is the heart of the Kingdom.