“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem,
and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests
and the scribes,
and they will condemn him to death,
and hand him over to the Gentiles
to be mocked and scourged and crucified,
and he will be raised on the third day.”
Look what Jesus told the disciples just before the mother of the sons of Zebedee asked that her sons sit at Jesus right and left as he takes rule of his Kingdom. What a difference between the coronation of Jesus and the coronation of the authorities of the day, and that quote is a description of his coronation. His is mockery and a brutal death while the others are anointed with oil and worshiped by their subjects. So radical was his kingdom that many would not understand it until after he rose on the third day. As Jesus talked of his kingdom, many likened it to the kingdoms they knew and the rulers that they knew. Some of these disciples had hoped for positions of authority, and they did get those positions as Apostles, though their rule was not what they had expected. They indeed did serve and not be served and that leadership style did not come easy. Part of their lesson in leadership was witnessing the “coronation” of Jesus, the Passion of Christ, and then interpret his Good News in the light of that Passion. That is the essence of Lent; to ponder that Kingdom of God Christ preached in the light of the Passion. It is through the Passion of Christ that the Kingdom is revealed. I wonder how many still view the Kingdom as the mother of the sons of Zebedee did? How many still see the earthly and miss the heavenly?