Power and prestige are driving forces in the lives of many persons. Not only worldly people but disciples of Jesus often scramble for preference. Those who lack power and prestige are likely to resent those who have them.
One day the apostles James and John came to Jesus to ask for a high place in Jesus' kingdom. The other apostles complained (Mk 10). Jesus then told them to want to be servants of all rather than masters. Jesus still asks his disciples to let go of the desire for prestige and of the resentment they may feel when others are preferred.
Letting go of these character defects saves us from “spinning our wheels” and losing our inner peace. In this state of mind we may weaken and choose to comfort ourselves with other vices. When we let go we become more like Jesus, in whom there was no such pettiness.
Lord, give me a heart which is at peace with you and others. Teach me how to let go of selfish ambition, so that I may possess your peace. Give me courage to strive for what is clearly your will for me.