When the ego grabs power and honor for itself, things get dangerous and dysfunctional very quickly. The ego will want to use power, not for God’s purposes, but for its own exaltation & defense. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus confronts a misguided desire for power within both James and John so as to direct them to real spiritual power, which offers them — and us — the greatest freedom.
Reading 1 – Isaiah 53:10-11
Psalm – Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22
Reading 2 – Hebrews 4:14-16
Gospel – Mark 10:35-45