On the road returning to their headquarters at Peter’s home in Capernaum, the disciples were arguing about which of them was the most important, revealing that they all believed Jesus to be establishing an earthly kingdom in which they all wanted top positions of authority. Their silence when Jesus calls them on it indicates that it had been more than just a friendly discussion. Up until Jesus’ death on the cross they still believed that such was what they had signed up for and failed to understand the true nature of his mission. The second reading from James says, “where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice.” Given that the seeds of jealousy and selfishness were so present in the very men Jesus had selected to be the foundation of the church, it is understandable that even the best of us today need to be on guard lest our motives and actions be corrupted by such influences. A neighbor boy apparently followed the disciples into Peter’s house and was commended by Jesus as an example for the disciples. He was free of ambition and self-importance. He simply loved to hang around when Jesus was present, making him a good example for all of us to follow as well.