MONDAY- 26th WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME –B
Gospel: Luke 9:46-50: The least among you all, that is the one who is great.
I Reading: Job 1:6-22: The Lord gave, the Lord has taken back. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
The Way of Greatness: Humility, 9:46-50
Jesus teaches the way of greatness is the humility in life. People crave for greater recognition, privilege, respect, honour, power, position and wealth in the society and some time they abuse, misuse and mislead people by exploitation, corruption, injustice and inequality. A true greatness must be based on humility and total commitment for the kingdom of God.
1. The desire for greatness: Wanting position, recognition and power (v.46)
2. The picture of greatness (v.47)
a. Jesus took a child
b. Jesus held the child
3. The right concept of greatness (v.48)
a. Welcoming a child in Jesus’ name
1) Will receive Jesus
2) Will receive God
3) Will be the greatest
4. The right to greatness: Not an exclusive right (v.49-50)
Thought: It is difficult to admit that we are full of self, that is, self-centredness and selfish. The fact hurts; we revolt against it. But the truth has to be faced before we can become what we should be.