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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 he 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 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
Introductory Prayer: Lord, you are the
author of life and the giver of all that is
good. You are the Prince of Peace and my mainstay.
You are my healer and the cure itself. I need
you, and I need to give you. I love you
and commit myself to you entirely, knowing you could never
let me down or deceive me. Thank you for giving
me your very self.
Petition: Lord Jesus, grant me
the grace of loving trust in you, like that of
a little child.
1. Who Is the Greatest? Just like
the disciples, so many times we find ourselves looking to
be the greatest. Society encourages us to do whatever it
takes to be successful, to be “on top.” Frequently in
our struggle to succeed we lose sight of Christ and
end up relegating him to second place. If I strive
for it, Christ can be of greatest importance in my
life. He can be number one despite my weak tendencies.
2. The Secret to Success: Our Lord gives the secret
to success in today’s Gospel passage: “If anyone wishes to
be first, he shall be the last of all and
the servant of all.” This is often in contradiction with
the ways of the world. The Gospel teaches us that
we must humble ourselves like Jesus did in order to
achieve true greatness. Jesus came to serve, not to be
served, and the climax of this service was his death
for us on Calvary.
3. Childlike Trust: Success in the
spiritual life begins with our childlike trust in God. Jesus
places a child before the disciples and invites them to
consider that child’s relationship of trust and simplicity before his
parents. In the same way, we too must become like
children before God, our heavenly Father. Do I turn to
Our Lord when I’m troubled and when I wish to
share something good with someone?
Conversation with Christ:Lord Jesus, from
now on I intend to entrust my anxieties and worries
to you more readily. Help me to put all my
cares in your most capable hands and trust in you
as a little child. I know that you love me
very much. Strengthen my confidence in you.
will entrust my day into God’s hands and live as
a child alongside his father.