“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” Mk. 9:35.
I remember a few years ago a lady that when the situation was difficult at work would say with great humility: “Not all can be part of the head, some must be part of the tail”.
We have a mission in God’s plan. The only thing that the Lord asks of us is, as James says, that in our treatment of each other we be “pure, peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits”, Jas 3:17, with those that do not think as we do. Today there exists a great temptation to divide the world into good and bad, first and last, and there are sometimes many prejudices in our decisions labeling people without going beyond. Jesus invites us to put ourselves in the place of others carrying our cross, which is why He spoke to His disciples of suffering and of the cross, but “they did not understand”. The Word of God says that along the way they remained engaged in discussion about: “Who was first”, in other words who was the head and not the tail of the group.
Jesus tries to enlighten their minds with the example of the simplicity of children. Jesus invites them to change their “focus” just as He invites you and me. We do not follow a powerful and glorious king but a disarmed server. A poor, celibate man without a home who tells us: “Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many”. Mt. 20:38. “It is precisely through the Cross that Jesus will reach the glorious resurrection. Those who die with Christ will resurrect with Him. Those who fight with Him will triumph.” Pope Francis. If does not matter if you are the head or the tail. The only thing that matters is to serve to everyone and to grow the Kingdom of God and His Plan of Salvation through the New Evangelization as a parish community of encounter and with the help of Mary and her Son, our Lord.