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Providence Spirituality

The Gospel According to Mark 9.30-37
After leaving the mountain Jesus and his disciples went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house Jesus 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. Jesus 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.”

Sunday September 23, 2018.

The Gospel According to Mark 9.30-37

Reflection:

This Gospel passage talks of Jesus’s second step on his way to Jerusalem, accompanied by his disciples. The Teacher knows, with the lucidity of a prophet, what to expect: the passion and death, but also the certainty that He will be in the hands of God the Father forever, because his God is the God of life. But this announcement of the passion in today’s Gospel, becomes one further motivation to speak to the disciples of the need for service.

In addition, Jesus, guide and master of life, in a sacramental gesture, so to speak, of the symbolic acceptance of a child, a significant gesture and words: “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the One who sent me.” It is this simple and expressive attitude of sincere service to the most humble and vulnerable that authenticates the credibility of true discipleship: “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” What better indication for a Christian commitment to this new scale of values established by Jesus?

If it is the child who must occupy the center of community life, where is the importance of ambition, honour and greatness of privileged positions? Do discords, disagreements and controversies among us make sense? They correspond to nothing of the wisdom emanating from the Gospel. The critical gaze of Jesus falls squarely on his own disciples, disowned by their behavior to exercise the mission for which they were called. The poorest and most insignificant to our eyes come first in God’s eyes. It is not the Lord who is seated at the table, but those who serve.

As Jesus, Emilie and Bernarda asked us through the example of their lives, may we continue to serve the most vulnerable of our society. Have a nice week,

LC