Posted by: livingscripture | September 26, 2011

Twenty Sixth Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“The one who is the least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.”

                Luke 9: 48

How should we live this Word

As they walked along the road to Jerusalem, the apostles begin to discuss among themselves who will be the greatest. The desire to shine is always a dangerous temptation. Jesus knows their heart. He knows the yearning to be superior to others is at the root of Adam’s temptation and that of all humankind. It is an ever present aspiration in every person that leads to competition, divisions among humans, and even among those consecrated to God. Jesus’ aspirations are different. He intends to guide His own to a deeper understanding of His intimate identity and that following Him means becoming like Him. Jesus uses the example of a child to overturn their logic. The one who becomes the least, the servant, is the greatest. In fact, Jesus is the greatest of all and He made Himself the least by becoming human, the servant of all. He made Himself vulnerable to the point of bearing the weight of our sins which brought Him to die on a cross. God’s love is so boundless that it manifested itself as humility so that we might taste in Christ, the greatness of being God’s children, heirs of His eternal life.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will examine my desire to be first. How does this show in my actions and relationships with others? The child is dependent and vulnerable. I want to be this way in my relationship with God.

Lord Jesus, You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Help me to recognize my fragility, my limitations as signs of my humanity. Enlighten me to accept them as guideposts along the way that lead to the encounter with the Father and with all my sisters and brothers who live alongside me.

The voice of Pope Benedict XVI

Let us make the Eucharist the true center of our communities and allow ourselves to be educated and shaped by this abyss of charity! Every apostolic and charitable work draws vigor and fecundity from this source!

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