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Luke 9:46-50

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An argument arose among them as to which one of them was the greatest. But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, took a little child and put it by his side, and said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.’ John answered, ‘Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Do not stop him; for whoever is not against you is for you.’

Luke 9:46-50
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    • Over and over Jesus tries to get his disciples to see that they are called to serve, not to dominate. In the kingdom of God everyone is equal: there are no positions of power, no hierarchy. Everyone is a daughter or son of God, all are fully loved by God.
    • In prayer we must grapple with these extraordinary truths and try to let them sink in, so that we emerge from our time with God with a more inclusive and respectful attitude to others. Prayer stretches our imagination: prayer is real only when we begin to see and love the world as God does.
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    • Jesus turns everything on its head. For him the Kingdom of God is the only absolute value. The creative power of the Holy Spirit is active in every person, even in those who belong to no Christian denomination. Can I rejoice in that? ‘In the evening of life we will be examined in love’ (Saint John of the Cross).
    • What makes a person great? Is it power, or wealth, or skills, or beauty, or giftedness of one kind or another? In the Kingdom of God greatness is judged by one’s capacity to serve others. So it is the little people of the earth, those who serve the rest of us, who turn out to be the greatest! Will I be considered great in God’s Kingdom?