They 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 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.”
Food For Thought:
This passage reminds us of what’s important in the kingdom of God; it reminds us that we should put God first, others second and ourselves last. This is a whole different way of looking at the world than how most of us look at the world. Jesus is flipping their old ways of behaving on its’ head and saying there is a new order, and this following Jesus stuff is tough business, but it will the most ultimately reward better than you can even imagine.
Grant that we may hasten to every town and home
with the good news of your promise, O God,
and proclaim the greatness of your name
through our commitment to your peace. Amen.
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