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Mark 10:35-45 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

On this Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost we will be reading from the Gospel according to Mark. This week, we hear a story of a bold request from two disciples, James and John, asking to sit immediately at the side of Jesus, both left and right. We hear Jesus promptly reply: "you have no idea of what you are asking!" And that's just the beginning of the lessons to be learned regarding the differences of greatness as understood by humans and by God!

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Mark. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Mark 10:35-45).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the Scripture for the week and reflect on the lesson - was there any words or phrases that surprised you? As a comparison, read this same story in Matthew's Gospel account (Matthew 20:20-28) and consider why Matthew had the mother of James and John make the request of Jesus, where Mark puts the request directly on the men themselves.

  • Read the "WHERE..." paragraph in the guide below and reflect on the following questions: what makes the differences between positive and negative self-sacrifice? How are the definitions of greatness differently defined in Jesus' terms vs. the world's terms, and how might this impact your life?

  • Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, and consider the author's statement: "Transformation happens through servanthood." Who do you believed is "transformed"...the one serving, the one being served, or both? How is servanthood a means to grace?

  • Read the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph below, and reflect on the author's statement: "We have Jesus' promise that we can and will live as faithful disciples as we seek to follow him." How does this promise free Christians to follow Jesus?

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