Wednesday, 8th Week in Ordinary Time
“Lord, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”
According to spiritual masters, whenever we begin to tell the Lord what we want him to do for us, we are in the wrong spiritual space. We need to move from “ego space” to “God space.” Each of us needs to change our own life story from a drama that “I am writing, directing, and acting in” to one that is scripted and directed by God.
So, the proper biblical attitude is: “Speak, Lord, I am listening.” “You tell me what to do.” “I should not be the one telling you what you should do for me.” So, we see how wrong the attitude of James and John was. Jesus is somehow telling us about the “big dream” or the “great ambition” each of us must pursue: that is, to be great by being servant, to be first by being “the slave of all.”
Let us take seriously the challenge of today’s gospel: To give our lives in loving service for others, as Jesus did for us. “For the son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The Lord has no problem with people who are ambitious. I believe God created us to dream, to aspire, to strive for the best. That is how the world advances, through ambitious people. Jesus has no problem with the desire to be CEO, the desire to be recognized among your peers, even the desire to have nice things. The question Jesus would ask us is: “Is that it?” “Is that the extent of your dreams?”
The Lord Jesus is confronting us with these questions and statements: Who will be living in your beautiful mansions a hundred years from now? Who will be leading your company fifty years from now? Your dreams are too small. They are for this world only. And they provide only limited satisfaction, at best. Don’t you want something more? Don’t you want to be part of something that is eternal? Wouldn’t it be marvelous to know that, because of you, hungry people are being fed, because of you, little children have a chance at a better life, because of you, people are finding meaning and purpose for their lives? Isn’t that what life is really about? Making a difference. Saving a life. Redeeming a world.
My dear friends, what is your dream? Is it a little, puny dream? Or, is it God’s dream?