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May 17, 2016 –Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (Readings for the day)

MK 9:30-37

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 the Son of Man 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.
For 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 sent me.”
Reflect: Jesus taught by shaking-up the ordinary. Who would have thought that by inserting a child into the discussion by adults about “who is the greatest”, that a powerful point would be made?  Jesus’ message? It’s not about the externals, the power, the prestige, the ranking or the net worth. But rather, where is my heart? It’s all about receiving the lowly one who can’t provide anything in return.  It’s about embracing servant-hood and putting the needs of others in front of my own. It’s about seeing the dignity of every person no matter their status or position.  It’s about making time for the needy, the immigrant, the hungry, the sick, the imprisoned, the stranger – even before my own needs. That’s where the Kingdom of God is made manifest.

Pray: Jesus, give me a heart for service and the grace to recognize your presence in the lowly, despised, broken and small ones among us.  Amen


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