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A reading of the holy Gospel according to Luke 9:46-50

An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest.  Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.”Then John said in reply,  “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name  and we tried to prevent him  because he does not follow in our company.” Jesus said to him,  “Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”

REFLECTION: For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.

Some people live their personal lives as a business relationship. The focus is on winning. They negotiate, can be cunning, conniving and self centered. When they want something they expect an action in return. There can be an unreasonable yearning for applause, praise, recognition and gratitude. If you do this, I will do that. They get the sale, friendship, alliance or item at all costs. They hone in on winning. And winning will have them think they are great, special and exclusive.

God has asked us not to expect something or give something anticipating a reward. Jesus points to the child who has no power, no influence. A child can do nothing for us. They love for loves sake, not their own gain. Jesus calls everyone to His Kingdom. He calls us to have a loving, sincere and humble heart in His service. May we do His work without expectation of special position or standing but only to spend eternity with Him...for His greater glory.

God Bless You.


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