Almighty God,in whose service lies perfect freedom:teach us to obey youwith loving hearts and steadfast wills;through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Father of light,in whom is no change or shadow of turning,you give us every good and perfect giftand have brought us to birth by your word of truth:may we be a living sign of that kingdomwhere your whole creation will be made perfectin Jesus Christ our Lord.
Old Testament Isaiah 53.4 - endEpistle Hebrews 5:1-10Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness.This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. And no one takes this honour on himself, buthe receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was. In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save himfrom death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.Gospel Mark 10.35-45 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptised with the baptism I am baptised with?”“We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptised with the baptism I am baptised with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that thosewho are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you.Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For eventhe Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”