One day the disciples were arguing about which of them was the most important. But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he took a little child and stood him by his side. Then He said to them, «Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me. And listen: the one who is found to be the least among you all, is the one who is the greatest».
Then John spoke up, «Master, we saw someone who drove out demons by calling upon your name, and we tried to forbid him because he doesn't follow you with us». But Jesus said, «Don't forbid him. He who is not against you is for you».
The sufferings of Job didn’t discourage his faith in God. Every one of us have one day or the other, a difficult moment of life, may not be with the same intensity or degree of Job, but then they are or were part of our life. Our faith can be sometime in trouble, because of these moments of life. However, what is important for us is, how we end up the day and are we able to reconcile with God.
The more we become simple and humble before God, the more we will discover His accompaniment and protection. The more we become small in front of God, the more God will elevate us. Jesus is walking towards Jerusalem, towards His death and resurrection, whereas, his disciples are busy with their own world of jealousy and who is the greatest among them. We have to ask ourselves, ‘we are busy with what?’
While celebrating the feast of Little Flower, the little Therese, we are called to imitate her gift of contemplation and patience. Her obedience to the will of God, could help us to have an open and generous heart. Things were not easy for her, neither her childhood, nor her monastery life. However, she could see the sufferings of others, not only those who were with her, but also those who were in the world. She was convinced that the joy can be found, even in the prison and in the palace.
Like her, we too should become missionaries through our prayers. Like Father Claret, we should become active in the accomplishment of the will of God, and contemplative in the meditation of the Word of God. Have a wonderful day.
«The one who is found to be the least among you all, is the one who is the greatest»
Prof. Dr. Mons. Lluís CLAVELL
Today, on their way to Jerusalem heading towards the Passion, «the disciples were arguing about which of them was the most important» (Lk 9:46). Every day the media, and even our conversations, are full of comments regarding the importance of some people: whether others or ourselves. This kind of logic, which is strictly human, quite often results in an unreasonable yearning for success, recognition, admiration, gratitude, or in a lack of peace if these expected rewards fail to reach us.
Jesus' reaction to the thoughts of his disciples —and, perhaps, their remarks, too— reminds us of the old prophets' style. Before words come gestures. Jesus «took a little child and stood him by his side» (Lk 9:47). Afterwards, comes the teaching: «the least among you all, is the one who is the greatest» (Lk 9:48). —O Jesus, why is it so difficult for us to accept this is not an utopia for those who are not involved in the hustled and bustled in overwhelming activity, fighting one another for success, whereas, thanks to your grace, it could, instead, be enjoyed by all of us? If we could, we would deep down have much more peace and would be able to do our job with more serenity and joy.
This attitude is also the source where joy comes from, when seeing that others work well for God, with a different style to ours, but always on Jesus' name. The disciples wanted to prevent it. The Master, instead, protects those other persons. Once again, the fact of feeling as God's small children makes it easy for us to open our hearts to everybody while growing in joy, peace and thankfulness. This doctrine is what deserves St. Therese of Lisieux the title of “Doctor of the Church”: in her book Story of a Soul, she admires the Church as a beautiful garden of flowers, where she is happy to consider herself just a little flower. By the side of the great saints —roses and white lilies— there are the little ones —daisies and violets— intended to give pleasure to God's eyes, when He gazes at the Earth.