While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified; and on the third day he will be raised.”
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.”He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
“A ransom for many,” what does this mean?
First, it means I am not a nobody. A ransom is only sought and paid when the person in captivity is important or valuable to someone else. I have such great value that Jesus exchanged his life for mine. I am important to God.
But not just a ransom for me; Jesus gave his life as a ransom for many. That means “you” are not a nobody, either. Every person I encounter today is just as precious to God as I am, for Jesus finds each worthy of ransom. Rich or poor, homeless or landlord, young or old, male or female: each of us has great worth because Jesus gave his life not just “for me,” but “for many.” So today, how will I regard those ransomed with me – my spouse, my child, my parents, my boss, the homeless woman, the undocumented worker?
—Howard Craig serves as Provincial Assistant for Advancement on behalf of the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Province Jesuits.
Will you let me be your servant.
Let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace
To let you be my servant, too.
We are pilgrims on a journey,
We are trav’lers on the road.
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load.
I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you;
Speak the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping.
When you laugh, I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we’ve seen this journey through.
—Richard Gillard, “The Servant Song,”
© 1977, Maranatha Music, Inc., Excerpted from Ritual Song, © GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago, 1996.