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Mark 10:35-45

2006-10-17 — With apologies to Barbara Eden

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BIBLE PASSAGE — James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

— Proper 24, Series B

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  1. Rev. Marie Loewen — 4053 days ago #

    Hi
    This reminds me of Shel Silverstien’s wonderful poem about the guy who did just this and died surrounded by his unused wishes ( in Where the SIdewalk Ends)
    I am not preaching this week, but when this scripture comes up again, I can see using this cartoon and the poem in tandem!

  2. Rev Paul Dobberstein — 4053 days ago #

    Do we do any better than the sheep? How many times don’t we keep wishing instead of seeing God’s better way for our lives?
    If the disciples had asked for two more wishes, would they have recieved Barbara Eden?

  3. Bindu — 4051 days ago #

    Funny isn’t it, what we wish for. And finally when we get it… yikes … a lot of times we wish we hadn’t coz it isn’t what we thought what it would be.
    But then what we want and what we need are not always the same, is it.

  4. Pastor Dennis A. Smith — 4049 days ago #

    Do we really know what we are wishing for?

  5. Kenneth Lange — 4038 days ago #

    It is natural that folks like to be a big shot but Jesus makes it clear what really counts in life-servicel

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