Have you ever asked someone to promise you something–forever? If married, you may have posed the question to your future spouse as you neared the decision to commit your lives to one another forever. Will you love me forever? Or perhaps as a child you said to your friend, will we be best friends forever? Or even as an adult, security of friends or job is something you most desired and you posed the question, friends forever? My job forever? We may live securely thinking something is forever and our entire being becomes wrapped up in that sense of security, yet often painfully we discover throughout life that there are no promises, and actually there is no material security. Throughout the many hills and valleys of life, we soon discover that our security and promises are elsewhere. Mark’s Gospel (10:35-45) from the Christian scriptures indicates the elsewhere.
James and John, the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus one day, asking Jesus to do whatever they ask. Looking at them skeptically Jesus said, what’s the question? They quickly said, we want to be with you forever, one of us at your right and the other at your left. Jesus proceeded to explain to them that there is a price to be paid for security and it is a rather hefty price and different from what they think. And of course as the conversation continued, the other 10 apostles were indignant. You are asking for high positions behind our backs, the 10 said to James and John.
Jesus calmed them all down. He proceeded to tell them that if you want to be great, you need to serve others and if you want to be first, then you need to serve others. In talking about service Jesus alluded to security. The only security in life is the Divine Presence living in us and around us, calling us to choose life, to choose life-giving aspects, calling us to let go of fear and uncertainty, to let go of who is better or best, to appreciate the gifts of all. This is where our security rests. Forever? Yes, forever.
I will be on retreat next week and will not post on my blog till the following week. Thank you for being a part of this blog journey.
Blessings and peace.