The Privilege of Discipleship

I am a white male.  Turns out, I have been one all my life.

Yet, at one point, I was the lead on a diverse staff of many ethnicities… and I was the lead agent alongside four females.

Somehow, I have become more self-aware.  I recognize in myself the many hints towards white privilege, those societal privileges that benefit white people in western countries beyond what is commonly experienced by the non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstance. Further, I have also been able to detect male privilege as well- those social, economic, and political advantages or rights that are made available to men solely on the basis of their gender.

And, then recently, there was this confrontation.  It wasn’t about being white, it wasn’t about being a guy, but it called the person into question – that same person who has a blessed personal history, the one offered opportunity after good fortune, trusted mentor after esteemed colleagues and counselors galore, and developed countess  students and followers to teach and guide as well.

10489_11881_5The person was called into question.  How much has there been in defaulting on personal interactions and decisions related to the privilege of being “moi?”

He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to [the] poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

Although I view my life as a life of service, I can now recognize that there are more than many instances where I have been lacking in one thing: failing to serve beyond my own self.  My self-preservation, self-perceptions, flawed and failed self.

Lord, I desire to follow you.  Send forth the Spirit of you humility to infuse me and enthuse me to take up the Pitcher and Basis  and wash the feet of my colleges in ministry, of those with whom you call me to serve.  Help me to abandon the expectations of a privilege seat beside You when all I truly aspire is to be in your proximity. This is the one privilege that I seek, the privilege to be your disciple.

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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