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.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius invites us to meditate on the “Two Standards” – the banner of Christ and the banner of Satan. In this meditation, the Evil Spirit leaves traps for us, traps of riches, honors and pride. These traps are placed to ensnare us in our lives and to keep us from growing in our loving relationship with Christ. Jesus, on the other hand, helps us to combat these traps by having us ask for poverty (spiritual and perhaps even material), insults and humility. The disciples in today’s Gospel reading sure sound like they’ve been ensnared by pride. How often do we find ourselves similarly ensnared? How are we drawn away from Christ by the lure of riches and honors?
Prayer for Humility
Let me have too deep a sense of humor ever to be proud.
Let me know my absurdity before I act absurdly.
Let me realize that when I am humble I am most human,
and most worthy of your serious consideration.
—Daniel A. Lord, SJ
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