Study of the Readings
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
John Kavanaugh, SJ
Lording It over the Rest
The human Jesus aspired to smallness. Oddly, even his divinity sought to be emptied out.
John J. Pilch
Since Jesus is the acknowledged leader of this group, he can do a favor for individual members and grant them privileges that would make them stand out in relationship to others.
You see that what the two brothers wanted was to be first, greatest, and highest: rulers, one might almost say, of the others. So, revealing their secret thoughts, Jesus put a curb on this ambition.
Jesus, Lay High Priest
Jesus is the only one among his group (teacher and disciples) to whom the name “priest” is applied in the New Testament.
Reginald H. Fuller
If we ask, “was our Lord subject to sexual temptation?”
—we are asking a question that the New Testament is not concerned to ask.