Gospel MK 10:35-45
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him,
"Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you."
He replied, "What do you wish me to do for you?"
They answered him, "Grant that in your glory
we may sit one at your right and the other at your left."
Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the cup that I drink
or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?"
They said to him, "We can."
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 or at my left is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared."
When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John.
Jesus summoned them and said to them,
"You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles
lord it over them,
and their great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.
For the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."
“ We want you to do for us, whatever we ask of you,” He replied, “what do you wish me to do for you?”
The disciples James and John have a strong desire/hope that they want fulfilled by our Lord, and they state this desire to Jesus, very simply and boldly, even audaciously: “We want you to do for us, whatever we ask of you” - can you hear the humor in this request? I love watching Jesus. Yes, perhaps the desire needs some purification, but the manner of their asking, is something beautiful to ponder, because they speak to Jesus, like a child would speak. A child approaches their father, without fear, quite audaciously with their requests, which are oftentimes outrageous. Children often ask big things, because they don’t realize the depth of their question nor the magnitude of the repercussions. They don’t know what they are really asking for- because they just see it from their limited viewpoint. Yet, they ask with utter confidence, trusting in the father’s love for them. Watch Jesus, does he appear irritated with their request? Listen carefully to his Words to them. Does He chide them? We see something else take place, we see his patience and tenderness, rather like a Father with a child. “What do you wish me to do for you?”
When I was a young, I remember coming up to my Dad after work one night, while he was smoking his pipe reading the evening newspaper, kissing him on the cheek and then saying quite simply and hopefully, “Dad can we get a horse and keep it somewhere?” I had no idea what the question entailed, nor the expenses and care involved, I just felt free to express my heart’s desires to Dad and I recall feeling quite hopeful. My Dad chuckled, based upon his under the breath chuckle, I had a sense I was missing something and this might be harder to get that I first thought.. He asked me several questions to which I answered an enthusiastic ‘Yes!’ totally not realizing that I had not the capacity to fulfill those ‘yes’s’. But He knew how he would answer my desire-He loved me and didn’t want me to fear approaching him with my hopes.
We need to tell Jesus what we wish Him to do for us- we need to give him our desires, with great confidence, He will work through the rest and do what’s best if we place these desires in His hands, under the gaze of the Father’s love, and allow Him to answer as He chooses, He who orders all things according to His Will- will never forsake us, nor abandon us, nor push us away if we but come to him, placing all our desires in His loving heart.
Prayer: Father in Heaven, I love you, I thank you and praise You for all you do for me, for all you are for me, for all you have given to me, I love you. I desire Lord _________________________ be it according to your Holy Will. I love you Father, I will accept however you see best to answer this hope of mine. Amen