First and Last

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Jesus’ Twelve Apostles were all men. That means there was a lot of testosterone around. In today’s Gospel reading from Mark 9, Jesus asks them what they were talking about on a journey. The answer shouldn’t surprise.

“They had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, ‘If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.'”

We live in a world today where fame seems to be the greatest desire of so many. I think we all have an innate desire to be noticed; some more than others. Jesus lets us know that God notices the little things – and the little ones. To be truly great, we must become servants.

Father, forgive us for the times when we seek greatness in the eyes of the world or of others. May we seek greatness in your eyes by being the servant of all. Amen.

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