“We Can Do It”: Walking Words of Breadth

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A dash of Sister Anne Kurtz

“We can do it” – these three words indicate a turning point. They are spoken to in a serious crisis. Jesus and his disciples ascended to Jerusalem. Going forward, they follow from a distance. The relationship is broken. The fond memories of the beginning of the discipleship seem naive and unreal. Fear weighed on her, oppressive and heavy.

Crises make you vulnerable. You wonder if you still have hope and a future. Everything becomes questionable. You begin to search intensely for meaning and a viable way to a new future. It is important to hear feelings and desires. You can start a useful transformation.

This is what happens in today’s gospel: the brothers James and John dare to come forward and reveal their desire to Jesus: “In your glory, one of us sits at your right and the other at your left!” With this desire, her perspective changes. For the first time, the disciples looked beyond the cross and death and began to believe in the future glory. Because of this, her strength is once again unleashed and freed from the clutches of fear and confusion.

The result is not a trance. The transition to the new future has the “flavor” that Xavier Naidoo sings about: “This road will not be easy, this path will be rocky and difficult.” Jesus honestly asks them, “Could you drink the cup I am about to drink?” Her request is not considered rude. Rather, Jesus realizes the sincerity of their desire to get close to Him. He asks them if they are ready for a new rapprochement: a community of destiny. The love of their friendship ignites and becomes strong as death.

“We can” – three words full of passion and love, full of meaning and future. To this day they are an echo of salvation and promise. They voted in the Bonhoeffer Prayer “of the righteous powers.” Angela Merkel spoke in the refugee drama. The husband prepares them for his wife who has breast cancer. One person remains close even if the other person has been hurt and rejected by the traumatic experiences. “Yes” these people are like ransom, breaking the ropes of fear and rejection and leading to a new reality of love and purpose.

Crises – as well as crises of faith – can become places of new strength and a future. They die in acknowledgment of the loss. Honesty ways to admit things to yourself. At the tipping point, we will be amazed at ourselves and the heart knows “we can.”

From Sister Anne Kurtz

Mark’s Gospel (Mark 10:35-45)

At that time, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said, Master, we want you to grant us a request. He said: What can I do for you? They said to him: In your glory, one of us will sit on your right and the other on your left.

Jesus answered: You do not know what to ask. Can you drink the chalice that I drink, or take upon yourself the baptism with which I am baptized? They replied: We can.

And Jesus said to them, You will drink the cup that I drink and receive the baptism with which I was baptized. But the place on my right and my left is not mine; There will sit those for whom it is intended.

When the other ten disciples heard this, they became very angry with James and John. Then Jesus called them and said to them: You know that those who are supposed to be rulers persecute their people, and their rulers use their power against them.

It will not be so with you, but he who desires to be great in you shall be your slave, and he who desires to be first among you shall be a slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man also did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.


Anne Kurz is a sister from the Verbum Dei community and lives next door to a small house in Venne, near Munster. She is a theological and spiritual director.


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