Mark 10: 32-45

peace-graffitism-726507Mark 10:41 "And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John."  The reaction of the ten is no more commendable than the arrogance of the two. James and John had asked Jesus to grant them his top 'cabinet posts' when he entered into 'his glory.'  They wanted to be at his right and left.  The 10 were probably angry because they wanted the positions for themselves.  Or perhaps they were angry at James and John for being spiritually obtuse - unlike them?  Jesus seizes the occasion to teach a lesson of supreme importance - humility.  Jesus was at his highest at his lowest - on the cross.  Ironically it is on the cross that Jesus entered the height of his glory.  There, the fullness of his justice and mercy came together.  The centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!" (Mark 10:39) And it was there that God decided to put of all people two criminals at his right and left.