You Are Able

You Are Able

This past Sunday’s reading from the Gospel according to Mark (Mark 10:35-45) opened with James and John approaching Jesus with what has to strike you as a rather self-assured (and maybe self-absorbed…) question: “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”  “What is it you want me to do for you?” Jesus replies, to which they answer “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” Oh really? Is that all you want?

Charles Garinger took this little scene and went to work on it, effectively moving it from a story that anticipates the Passion to one that sees the world from the other side of the cross and tomb. “We are able” the congregation sang, but only because we’ve been immersed in that baptism and come again and again to drink from the Eucharistic cup. In fact it was while we were sharing the bread and wine of communion that we sang this one, which made our repeated “we are able” somehow a statement of openness and humility.

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Teacher, we want you to do

Whatever we ask of you

 

What is it you want me to do

For you?

 

The cup that I drink you will drink

And the baptism with which I am baptized you will be baptized too

 

You are able

(We are able)

You are able

(We are able)

(Charles Garinger, from Mark 10:35-45)

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