Children Reflect on today’s readings: Who is the Greatest ? But Jesus tells them off…..
The disciples are arguing about who is the greatest; does’t that seem awful just after Jesus told them that he was about to die? How could the disciples be so inconsiderate towards someone that they love so much? They are very narcissistic.
We really can’t get too made at them though because how often do we place ourselves above God? How often do we worry more about ourselves than what God wants for this world? We need to follow Jesus by learning to be a servant and we should stop seeking power.
You could see Jesus in today’s gospel as a pessimist. He looks ahead with his disciples and talks about his suffering and death. Maybe they had little idea that this would happen; it was so demanding of them that they forgot later that he said he would rise from the dead. Somehow Jesus knew what his fate would be – that his commitment to his Father’s mission would lead to his death; he also believed that his Father would not abandon him but he would be raised. He was a realist and a Man of faith. He was neither pessimist nor optimist; he was a man of hope.
His call to us is to enter into the fullness of our lives and of our lives together. So he also calls on his followers to serve; that the place of honour might the be last at the table; and the last would be first.
We know of so many people who are with Jesus in unnoticed ways. Pope Francis in Gaudete et Exsultate writes: Very often holiness is found in our next-door neighbours, those who, living in our midst, reflect God’s presence. We might call them “the middle class of holiness” (Par 4). Answering the call to serve rather than be served is in the ordinary of family and work life, of helping others, of caring for those around us. In this way we are ‘for Christ’.
Say a magic little prayer and…no, just kidding.
Coming to know God is life’s most precious joys because you enter into a relationship with your Creator ‘ the one who created you out of love and desires for you to share with him all his glory. The Church believes that people desire God and only in God will they find the truth and happiness that we constantly seek. God is always pouring out his love for us and it’s up to us to turn to God. He will never stop loving you!
Knowing God takes all one’s heart, mind and soul. It also can take time. Knowing God is not one of having scientific proof that God exists, but by the seeking out of God one’s heart becomes more and more convinced that God exists. It requires patience and weeding out the distractions in your life. Often times we spend much of our lives with a complete lack of silence ‘ always having the radio or the TV on. Just take a moment to pause in silence and listen for God. He is there.
Gospel Mark 9:30-37 Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me
Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him. They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’
Lord may I always remember your words that you came to serve not to be served. Let me be like you when I meet my neighbour or friend and ask them “what can I do for you”….