Lord Jesus, give me a humble and accepting heart.
Imagine Jesus reprimanding his disciples.
These two stories reveal two sins of disciples – ambition and exclusivity. Ambition seeks prominence within the community. Exclusivity excludes those outside the community. Jesus quickly corrects both.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- The apostles have much to learn. They have not yet witnessed Jesus lowering himself and accepting death on the cross.
- By placing a helpless child in their midst, Jesus demands service instead of ambition.
- The reward for Christian service is great. Receiving the helpless is to receive Jesus and the Kingdom.
- John manifests human selfishness. He wants to exclude others and not allow them to use the powers of the Kingdom.
- Jesus’ heart is much more open. Everyone is to be accepted unless they line up against you.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, destroy my ambitious spirit that serves only me.
- Give me a new heart, open to all.
- Give me your Holy Spirit of service that cares for the helpless.
- Where can I find you, Jesus? In all who need my help.
- Take down my walls. Remove my prejudices. Give me a heart open to all.
- In your name, I will embrace the whole world and invite them into the Christian community.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will not tolerate my own pride.
+ I will welcome everyone and tear down my walls of exclusivity.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
Whoever is least among you is the greatest.