(v 32 - 34) Jesus said, "When you look at me as one who is in a body, you do not look at me at all. For the body is a thing of the world. It can be beaten and spat upon and killed by those who do not understand what love is. But Love itself is eternal. It cannot be judged or tormented or killed, for it only is in the quiet peacefulness of Itself.
"One day this body will die. And before that time, you may see it tormented by those who have judged it as fearful or unworthy. Do not be afraid yourself. Remember that Love cannot die. The body may be put down, but Love will always rise again. For in Love, there is no death."
(v 35 - 40) After a time of thinking over what Jesus had said, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with a request.
"Master, we beg of you one request, and we will be your faithful servants for life."
"What is your request?" Jesus asked.
"We would like to sit on your right and on your left in the glory land. If you grant us this reward, we will humbly follow you, even to the end of the world."
"You do not understand what you ask," Jesus responded.
"Master, we do. We have heard your words. We will give up this world entirely. It is nothing to us compared to you. We will die and give up these bodies. They are nothing compared to the rewards of Heaven. But to do all this, we want assurance that our reward will be true."
Jesus rested with these words a moment, and then he spoke. "You say you are willing to drink the cup of which I drink and be baptized with the baptism that baptizes me, but you do not know what you ask for. In Heaven, it is not for me to say that one may sit on my right and one may sit on my left. For in Heaven, all is as the Father created it to be."
(v 41 - 45) When the apostles heard that James and John had attempted to secure their place in Heaven, they became angry with them. So Jesus called the apostles together and spoke with them.
"Nothing is as it seems to you now. There is not one who can lord over another. There is only one, who is a Servant unto Itself. And this Servant serves Itself in humility and love, giving of Itself for all.
"If you want to inherit the kingdom, you must become this Servant. In service, you are one with me, who has joined with the Holy Spirit in service and love. I give myself to Him for all. This is the way to know Heaven."
(v 46 - 52) As Jesus and the apostles walked along the road greeting people, a blind man who was a beggar clamored for Jesus' attention. The crowd tried to keep him quiet, for they saw this man as vile and unworthy of Jesus' attention. But Jesus noticed the man and the crowd's attempt to quiet him, so he asked the apostles to help the man to him.
"What is it that you want from me?" Jesus asked the man.
"I want to see as you see," the man replied.
"And how is it that I see?" Jesus asked.
"With eyes from your heart!" the man replied.
"Come, then," Jesus answered. "Follow me. Through your faith, you shall learn that you do see."
The man became a follower along with the apostles, and through the Holy Spirit, his spiritual blindness was healed.NTI Mark, Chapter 11
(v 1 - 11) The time came for Jesus and the apostles to gather in Jerusalem for the celebration of Passover. Some of the apostles came to the area first and waited for Jesus before entering into the city. As they waited, they taught the good news to travelers, so that many became excited to meet and hear Jesus. The apostles taught in such a way that Jesus sounded special to the people who heard them, so some who listened also felt jealous.
As Jesus neared the city, a small boy came up to the apostles who waited for him. He offered his young donkey as a gift to the master. The apostles accepted the gift humbly. This was the donkey that Jesus walked beside as he entered the city that evening. Many came to greet him and to pat the donkey. Others joked that the master should travel with such a young and worthless animal.
(v 12 - 14) The next morning, Jesus came upon a fig tree, and he tied the donkey there. Jesus spent time in prayer and meditation under the tree, talking to the heavenly Father about thoughts within his mind. Something seemed to be stirring within the master, and he was alert to it in calmness.
(v 15 - 19) That day in the temple, the apostles noticed a change in Jesus as he looked on at the money changers and merchants. He had been laughing and talking with the apostles on the way to the temple, but now he stood quiet and stoic, watching the activity there.
"Master," an apostle asked, "is something wrong?"
Jesus did not answer the apostle, but stood quiet, alert to judgments in his mind. He did not believe these judgments, and he did not react based on them, but he noticed them and let them go from his mind. Then Jesus left the temple without saying a word. The apostles were surprised, for they had expected him to pray and to teach.
(v 20 - 26) That evening, Jesus returned to the fig tree for quiet prayer and meditation. Peter came upon him there. He was anxious not to disturb the master, but Jesus invited Peter to come and sit with him.
"Peter, I tell you again. Watch your thoughts. It seems that they are tricky at times, for they seem to come only to deceive you and to rob you of your purpose. But you do not need to believe what you find within your mind, and you do not need to believe what you see with your eyes. Be alert to deception. If you are alert, you will recognize it by its name. Its name is fear, Peter. And when you see it, you have a choice. You may bow down to it and worship it, and do as it asks you to do. Or you may choose to see through it to the Love that waits beyond it, silently and in peace, knowing that in time you will return to it there."