Spending time along little streams can be a fascinating pastime.
When along these streams, one can observe tiny flies that come and bathe in it.
If one notices carefully, it can be seen that while they plunge their bodies, they keep their wings high out of the water and fly away, with their wings un-wet!
The wings are kept safe from getting wet, so that there is no hindrance in flying again!
How beautiful a lesson is this for us Christians…
…. who live in the world, yet are called to be out of the world.
… who live amidst possibilities of wealth, yet are called to be detached from them.
… who live with the prospect of gaining immense power, yet are exhorted to not be attached
The Gospel of the Day presents Jesus highlighting this essential element of Christian living: Being in the world, but living out of the world, with eyes firmly set on heavenly realms.
James and John, the sons of Zebedee approach Jesus and ask for a favour: “Grant to us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory” (Mk 10:37)
They sought for a prime place in the future Kingdom of the Lord.
They probably had the conception and understanding, that Jesus would rule in glory, and they being His chosen ones, sought for esteemed positions in this Glorious Kingdom.
They were certainly right that the Lord would surely one day rule in glory.
But they got it totally wrong in their understanding and perspective of the nature of this rule.
>> His was not to be a kingdom of arrogant display of power…
… rather one of serene majesty and mercy
>> His was not to be a rule of aggression and pomp…
… rather one of gentle splendour and grace.
The Lord had, as per St Mark’s Gospel, just made His third prediction, regarding His Passion, Death and Resurrection.
>> He was revealing the true nature and character of the victory that He was to gain.
>> He was exposing the manner in which His glory would be stamped upon all ages to come.
However, the disciples fell short in grasping these words of the Lord.
>> St Mark says that “they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid” (Mk 10: 32b).
Our lives are very often no different, from the ignorance that the disciples had and the wrong notion that was expressed by James and John.
>> We fall prey to seeking great honour and fame in being a Christian…
… but are unable to grasp the fact that ‘to be a Christian is to be living a life of simplicity’.
>> We yield to temptations of being obsessed to seek power and positions of futile vanity…
… and fail time and again to live up to the Christian virtues of humility and modesty.
>> We often become victims of engaging in dirty politics and authority-grabbing games…
… and become an anti-witness to the Lord who ‘came to serve, rather than be served’
We need to give heed to the words of the Lord who prayed that “we are in the world, but do not belong to this world” (Jn 17: 15)
A Christian life…. ought to be hallmarked by detachment and separation…
… detachment from too much of worldly distractions and vain glory
… separation from sinful ways and evil tendencies
A Christian life… ought to be radiated with total focus and complete dedication…
… total focus on the Lord who ‘walked the talk’ by giving up His life in service
… complete dedication to the Kingdom of God which calls for a humble way of life
God Bless! Live Jesus!