OK, line up according to height, tallest to shortest, shortest to tallest. Line up according to birthday, January to December. Line up. Line up. Equality is a difficult concept. In the line there are people in front of us unless you were first or unless you are short or born in December or are just last to make it to the line. Then you are in the back. The end of the line. The last one. In line, there are unwritten rules: no cuts, no jumping the order. “I’ve been waiting in line for 4 hours. How do you get to cut?” “My friend (brother, sister, aunt, uncle) was holding my space.” Grumble Grumble.
But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that among the gentiles the rulers lord it over them, and great men make their authority felt.
Among you this is not to happen. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant,
and anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave,
just as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ (Matt 20:25-28)
So what’s the bottom line on this reading from today’s liturgy? “Slow down, you’re movin’ too fast, you gotta make the morning last” (The 59th Street Bridge Song-Paul Simon) In a hurry? In a line? You’ll get there eventually and maybe not in the same order that you lined up. We, as humans, are equal and none, none are more equal than others. Want to be first? Serve the one behind you or in front of you.
and so it goes…