In Mark (10, 43-45) we read: “It cannot be like that with you. Anyone among you who aspires to greatness must serve the rest, whoever wants to rank first among you must serve the needs of all.”
This gospel reference tells us about the shocking behaviour of two apostles at a moment in the life of the church when Jesus was about to suffer through Holy Week and Good Friday.
Jesus and the apostles are in the darkest moment in their lives and the two apostles are worried about their own private place in the Kingdom of God. They want to be among the most important ones.
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The Coronavirus crisis gives us an opportunity to reflect on these words of our Saviour. Today’s situation gives us an opportunity as Christians to think of the service of others. The crisis has already seen too many examples of people putting themselves first, for example the hording and panic buying.
As we gather in prayer, we must pray that the Holy Spirit will teach us how we can be positive in doing God’s will and how to have a good effect on others.
The church is a family. Heaven is an ultimate example of a family with God our Father. God is love. Family life is a mirror of this.
Our family life is a good place to start. The church has often said that God’s plan for the world is based on the concept of family. The church is a family. Heaven is an ultimate example of a family with God our Father. God is love. Family life is a mirror of this.
In a lockdown, we survive because we learn how to become a better family.
There is another family in our lives. Our community. A time of crisis gives us an opportunity to identify who is in our community and to explore what their needs are. How can we serve them? In other words, how can we become a better church?
Jesus would look out for the elderly, the sick, the needy. Even in a lockdown we can look after others. We have to find out how to do it.
Jesus would look out for the elderly, the sick, the needy.
Isolation can teach us that we really need other people. We find a new respect for each other in that.
Individual people and families need help in a crisis. The government is already showing us that they need lots of support.
People have various needs, once we realize this, we can then see that even we can do our part.
The virus and the face of death show us that we do not know everything, cannot do everything, and need God to help us to make sense of all this. We should then become more religious.
The virus can teach us that there are different ways of doing things, and some of these ways might be better than what we are used to doing.
This crisis can change our thinking which sometimes tells us that we are a separate group, maybe even better than the “rest of them”. No, we are all one family and are somehow connected.
The virus can teach us that there are different ways of doing things, and some of these ways might be better than what we are used to doing. Some things might be possible, even though we might have thought they were impossible a while ago.
None of these things we work to our advantage if we have the same attitude as the two apostles which said that that Jesus should give them the best places in the kingdom.
Jesus was right. “The son of man has come to serve, not to be served”. (Mark 10:45)