READING I: James 4:1-10
RESPONSORIAL: Psalms 55:7-8, 9-10a, 10b-11a, 23
GOSPEL: Mark 9:30-37
On the road; they are heading up to Jerusalem where the final act of his life shall take place. Mark is saying to us that this is the path that Jesus walked and that we must walk after him. Jesus has set his face towards Jerusalem and nothing shall divert him from his path. Jesus had just told the apostles about his impending passion, death and resurrection and the apostles are arguing about who is the greatest.
Like us they miss the whole point. They have more important things to be thinking about such as who shall have the highest rank in Jesus' kingdom. We can't look askance at them because we often do the same thing ourselves!