In the midst of constant societal grasping for attention, votes, rankings and dollars, in today’s Gospel, in response to the disciples’ own inappropriate self-seeking, Jesus makes the second prediction of his passion in the Gospel of Mark. He makes his second pointed reminder of what it’s all about. Gospel greatness is about forgetting yourself and serving others. Jesus insists that it is not important to be recognized by others. Instead, it is important to recognize others, especially those most overlooked.
In service of the marginalized and forgotten, we are promised that not only will we discover Christ among them, but the God who sent him. We will discover Gospel greatness, the only recognition that matters, no matter what the polls and rankings and bank accounts say. As Rev. Martin Luther King once said, “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”