Lawyers are too often characterized as greedy, dishonest, and faithless. Our society does not trust lawyers and often considers attorneys as a class entirely separate from the rest of society. And perhaps, the legal profession has embraced and promulgated these thoughts in an attempt to validate the notion that attorneys are somehow better than most of society.
The accolades lawyers receive from exceptional case results, successful verdicts, and high dollar settlements and judgments can become very seductive. It is often too easy to bask in the glory of personal success and believe in our own greatness. Is it possible that we have we lost sight of our true purpose in our pursuit of greatness?
Sunday’s Gospel according to Mark, helped me search for my own answers and to guide me in my own life.
Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but he did not wish anyone to know about it. He was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him.
They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, he began to ask them, “What were you arguing about on the way” But they remained silent. They had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Taking a child, he placed it in the their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” -Mk 9:30-37
Have I been like the disciple in that I am so focused on achieving personal greatness that I have lost sight of what is truly important? Christ reminds us all that our greatness will come from our service to others. As a Christian lawyer, Christ calls us to serve our clients.
I pray for the strength to be a servant and I ask for your prayers as I most certainly need them.