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».
We are very often fail to behave as an ordinary person. We are very curious about the life of others and wish to have a better one for us. Thus we allow others to condition our life. Who is better, who has succeeded, etc., are important for us. Thus, instead of living an ordinary life, fully connected with the divine will, filled with love and mercy, we have complicated our lives, by comparing our life with that of others, tragically losing our inner peace and tranquillity.
Today Jesus is asking us to see God in every one, particularly as someone send by God. Once we identify others as massagers of God, then we will profit a lot from their presence. Even our enemies can be as a means to get closer to God.
Thus, there is no one as greatest or smallest, in our lives. All merit certain respect, which we happily reserve for the Lord. I personally repeat very often that every human encounter can be a divine encounter, if we realise the presence of God in everyone. It is here we learn to appreciate even our enemies for their goodness. We will thus encourage all including our enemies to participate in our mission, so that God’s mission could be accomplished.
Action of the day: Try to see the signs of God presence in every person you meet today.
«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.