TWENTY NINTH SUNDAY IN THE ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B.
21st October 2018.
Isaiah 53:10-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45.
Jesus Christ presents us with an important fact of Christian leadership. Service and sacrifice constitute Christian leadership. This explains why a Christian leader must choose to serve rather than control. It is the sacrificial capacity that determines the serving disposition of true Christian leadership. Jesus Christ demonstrates with his life the sacrifice of a sinless life, thus is qualified to lead humanity in the path of righteousness. Christian leadership is defined as servant leadership. It is an option to serve through sacrifice. The sacrificial example from the leader is enough to motivates followership. By his sufferings shall my servant justify many, taking their faults on himself. The second reading affirmed the above thus; but we have one who has been tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin. Let us be confident, then, in approaching the throne of grace, that we shall have mercy from him and find grace when we need help. Obviously, the two sons of Zebedee do not know what they asked Jesus Christ. They conceived of leadership devoid of sacrifice. Sacrifice is the convincing fact of trust in leadership. Sacrifice is the guarantee and proof of trust and safety in leadership.
Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.