“We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”
-James & John were somehow excited by the news of Jesus’ glory & wanted to share in His glorification. Jesus tells them that they will drink the cup He drinks; intimating sacrifice & suffering which they experienced later. Jesus then tells them that whoever wants to become great must be a servant & whoever wants to be first must be a slave of all, for even He did not come to be served, but to serve & to give His life as a ransom for many (Mk 10:43-45). After His cup came the crown. Service requires humility & people who serve others like mother Teresa touch the hearts of many. Jesus’ life was primarily focused on serving others & reminds us of the value accrued from servanthood.
A cupbearer was a high ranking royal official who had good moral conduct & integrity; primarily in charge of serving the king wine. Christ became the ultimate Cupbearer for He became a ransom for many by His sacrifice on the cross. In works of service we have been called to be cupbearers displaying acts of selflessness & humility, serving God & others in works of love & kindness.
You have called us to service merciful Father; redeem us from selfishness & pride, & give us the grace of servanthood. Help us to remain humble disregarding our social status, education levels & spiritual inclination for only You Lord are worthy of praise. May we decrease as You increase King of glory. You have assured us that whoever is gracious to the poor lends You Lord & You will repay him for his good deed. Many people out there need help Lord, direct us to reach out to them for Your greater glory. Amen
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