Being great. Scripture, reflection and prayer.
Mark 9:33-37 "Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”
Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”
Reflection. "I am the greatest," was the regular cry of the great boxer Muhammad Ali. And you know, he probably was the greatest boxer. In sport there are lists of the greatest players of all time. People strive to be the best. The disciples argued amongst themselves about who would be top dog. And they were embarrassed to have done so!
Jesus once again shocks us.
A child is the greatest.
Being vulnerable and depending on others makes one great!
Being a servant to all.
Has familiarity with the story stopped us appreciating its power.
Once again Jesus shocks us.
Jesus turns the world of our thinking upside-down.
Prayer. Lord Jesus, may I be last today. Lord Jesus, I am your child. May I be a child this day. May I serve others. Amen.