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Mark 9:30-37

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. Jesus 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 human hands, 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 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."

Mark 9:30-37
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    • The disciples argue among themselves, trying to figure out what Jesus was saying. Yet they are afraid to ask him. Which of us has not struggled to understand certain teachings of faith, but felt reluctant to ask questions for fear of exposing our ignorance?
    • Do I ever make people feel less than they are by the way I relate to them? Or do I encourage them and accept them as they are, as Jesus does with the child?
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    • The gospel reveals the disciples as slow and dense: they do not understand the implications of following Jesus. Fear deters them from asking the core questions. Instead they are pre-occupied with false ambition, self-seeking, and rivalry.
    • Lord, your message is clear. Ambition that pleases God is shown by humble service of others. Greatness is found not in lording it over other people, but in being the servant of the most insignificant people in society - the poor, the weak, the forgotten, the despised.
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    • This passage marks a milestone. Jesus is taking his first step towards Jerusalem and predicts how he will suffer. Though you instruct your disciples, they fail to understand. They fear to ask you questions. They who were specially chosen as disciples argue about their status, honour and places of prominence.
    • Lord, I am not dissimilar to the disciples. I too can ignore, reject or tame your gospel call to loving service. Now that you and I are sitting down together, remind me that true greatness is found in humble service of others. Let me notice what little children can teach me about right attitudes.
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    • Lord, you were trying to prepare your friends for bad news (the Passion) and good news (the Resurrection), but they did not want to hear you. They were caught up, as I am often caught up, in private competitions and jealousies. It takes a lifetime to realise the silliness of my ego-trips. Do not despair of my silliness, Lord. Go on teaching me.
    • Maybe the disciples were afraid to ask Jesus because they didn't want to know anything more about the future which would involve death and resurrection. This little bit of knowledge of Jesus' future was almost too much for them.
    • The trusting nature of a child may have been an invitation to them to trust in Jesus even though the future was unknown. In prayer we can ask for the gift of this sort of trust for our own future.
    • Ambition is part of our make-up and no different for some of the apostles. For Jesus, ambition is to be more like him, to serve and suffer for others as he served and suffered. Somebody once told Saint Ignatius that Francis Xavier was a very ambitious young man. Ignatius replied, ‘He is not ambitious enough’. His later ambitions were gospel ambitions. Prayer renews and refreshes our desire to be like and for Jesus in the world.
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    • Lord, you were trying to prepare your friends for bad news (the Passion) and good news (the Resurrection), but they did not want to hear you. They were caught up, as I am often caught up, in private competitions and jealousies. It takes a lifetime to realise the silliness of my ego-trips. Do not despair of my silliness, Lord. Go on teaching me.
    • Maybe the disciples were afraid to ask Jesus because they didn't want to know anything more about the future which would involve death and resurrection. This little bit of knowledge of Jesus' future was almost too much for them.
    • The trusting nature of a child may have been an invitation to them to trust in Jesus even though the future was unknown. In prayer we can ask for the gift of this sort of trust for our own future.
    • Ambition is part of our make-up and no different for some of the apostles. For Jesus, ambition is to be more like him, to serve and suffer for others as he served and suffered. Somebody once told Saint Ignatius that Francis Xavier was a very ambitious young man. Ignatius replied, ‘He is not ambitious enough’. His later ambitions were gospel ambitions. Prayer renews and refreshes our desire to be like and for Jesus in the world.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Lord, you were trying to prepare your friends for bad news (the Passion) and good news (the Resurrection), but they did not want to hear you. They were caught up, as I am often caught up, in private competitions and jealousies. It takes a lifetime to realise the silliness of my ego-trips. Do not despair of my silliness, Lord. Go on teaching me.
    • Maybe the disciples were afraid to ask Jesus because they didn't want to know anything more about the future which would involve death and resurrection. This little bit of knowledge of Jesus' future was almost too much for them.
    • The trusting nature of a child may have been an invitation to them to trust in Jesus even though the future was unknown. In prayer we can ask for the gift of this sort of trust for our own future.
    • Ambition is part of our make-up and no different for some of the apostles. For Jesus, ambition is to be more like him, to serve and suffer for others as he served and suffered. Somebody once told Saint Ignatius that Francis Xavier was a very ambitious young man. Ignatius replied, ‘He is not ambitious enough’. His later ambitions were gospel ambitions. Prayer renews and refreshes our desire to be like and for Jesus in the world.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Lord, you were trying to prepare your friends for bad news (the Passion) and good news (the Resurrection), but they did not want to hear you. They were caught up, as I am often caught up, in private competitions and jealousies. It takes a lifetime to realise the silliness of my ego-trips. Do not despair of my silliness, Lord. Go on teaching me.
    • Maybe the disciples were afraid to ask Jesus because they didn't want to know anything more about the future which would involve death and resurrection. This little bit of knowledge of Jesus' future was almost too much for them.
    • The trusting nature of a child may have been an invitation to them to trust in Jesus even though the future was unknown. In prayer we can ask for the gift of this sort of trust for our own future.
    • Ambition is part of our make-up and no different for some of the apostles. For Jesus, ambition is to be more like him, to serve and suffer for others as he served and suffered. Somebody once told Saint Ignatius that Francis Xavier was a very ambitious young man. Ignatius replied, ‘He is not ambitious enough’. His later ambitions were gospel ambitions. Prayer renews and refreshes our desire to be like and for Jesus in the world.