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Even the most dis­trac­ted per­son must have noticed the alarm­ing rate of selfish­ness and indif­fer­ence in our soci­ety, pre­cisely on the part of the vari­ous civil and reli­gious lead­ers espe­cially, in Niger­ia. After remind­ing the crowd and the dis­ciples the con­di­tions for fol­low­ing him, Jesus warns that “if any­one is ashamed of me and my words in this adul­ter­ous and sin­ful gen­er­a­tion, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Fath­er with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38). This is sim­il­ar to Jesus’ words in Luke that “who­ever acknow­ledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknow­ledge before God’s angels. But who­ever denies me before oth­ers will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12:8–9). While in Mark Jesus addressed the crowd and his dis­ciples (cf. Mark 8:34), in Luke, he addressed only his dis­ciples (cf. Luke 12:1).

Greatness and service

…on the way they had argued with one anoth­er who was the greatest” (Mark 9:34). When Jesus ques­tioned the dis­ciples about their dis­cus­sions on the way, they remained mute. Mute because they have been appre­hen­ded. Their top­ic was about polit­ics, power and com­mand. Who will be the greatest? Who will take the post of Jesus after his death? The same fight and argu­ment that go on in many Churches today. Mem­bers fight­ing for pos­i­tions of power instead of ser­vice. Very shame­ful! The dis­ciples’ argu­ment on who is the greatest, or who will become the next lead­er after Jesus might have died, indic­ates their interest. Atten­tion! Such interest has noth­ing to do with the pro­clam­a­tion of the Gos­pel. It has

Concerning selfishness and indifference

Dic­tion­ar­ies define indif­fer­ence as lack of interest, con­cern or sym­pathy. It is mediocrity. It is apathy demon­strated by an absence of emo­tion­al reac­tions. Indif­fer­ence, the quest and uncon­trolled desire for power, author­ity, pos­i­tions of hon­our, and selfish­ness have remained major obstacles to mutu­al liv­ing, and source of wars, killings, suf­fer­ings, and oth­er evils in the world. Both Civil and reli­gious lead­ers are guilty of this evil. In vari­ous parts of the world, and in an attempt to show superi­or­ity, polit­ic­al lead­ers elim­in­ate one another


The dis­ciples coun­ted on Jesus to take over the world as “King Mes­si­ah.” Hence, their debate on the way was about who was most worthy to be Jesus’ chief asso­ci­ate and suc­cessor. When Jesus gave the first announce­ment of his death, Peter objec­ted. He saw Jesus as a mes­si­ah but not as a suf­fer­ing mes­si­ah. After the second announce­ment, the dis­ciples were afraid to ask Jesus what he meant. But they were not afraid to debate and fight over who will take his place. Often, some people waste their time, energy, money and even life on frivolit­ies. The dis­ciples were indif­fer­ent because they thought what Jesus said does not con­cern them. We must avoid indif­fer­ence because it is a ser­i­ous sin. Indif­fer­ence is irre­spons­ib­il­ity. Many have died, suffered and is still suf­fer­ing due to indif­fer­ence and irre­spons­ib­il­ity. Our soci­ety is filled with indif­fer­ence. Gov­ern­ments, politi­cians, reli­gious lead­ers (except few), are all indif­fer­ent to the feel­ings of the people. They are god­less and harm­ful (cf. Second Read­ing). They are after enrich­ing them­selves, occa­sion­ally show­ing some cam­ou­flaged char­ity, just to cov­er their alarm­ing indif­fer­ence, greed and selfish­ness. Niger­ia is a typ­ic­al example.

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