In the Gospel lesson from Mark chapter 10 verses 35-45, Jesus had told his disciples at least three times that he would not be with them much longer. The apostles were not above asking Jesus if they might be his successor and that's what James and John were wanting to do. Jesus answered if 'did they want to drink of the same cup as he had', meaning would they be willing to suffer as he would. James and John had only been seeking power. This power in the world's terms usually means "power over others." In Jesus' terms, it means "power over ourselves, " power over our pride and our tendency to put ourselves first. Seeing James' and John's confusion, Jesus spells it out for them. "You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them...But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant." Greatness comes from following in Christ's footsteps and humbly serving others.
Pastor Randal Bruno serves as minister at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 409 N. Wilbern in Runge and we welcome all to worship with us Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m.