Reflection – 20 September 2015

Sep 20, 2015

In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus warning his Disciples of what is going to happen to him, – how he will be put to death, and rise again on the third day. His gentleness, his endurance, and his love for us will be proved beyond all doubt. Then Jesus asks his Disciples what they had been talking about on the road. The Disciples then were highly embarrassed, as they had been wondering which of them would be the leader when Jesus was no longer with them. Jesus tells them that true greatness lies in being the servant of others. He then stands a young child in the middle of the group, saying “Anyone who welcomes one of these children in my name, welcomes me”

To welcome is to respect and to serve, the way a host welcomes a guest-even a stranger. It is to be concerned for the well-being of another person. The focus is on them, rather than on oneself. And the child surely represents all who are powerless, neglected, and marginalised-the poor, the sick, the disabled, and now, especially, the refugees and immigrants. “Love for others, and in the first place, love for the poor, in whom the Church sees Christ himself, is made concrete in the promotion of justice.” (Pope John Paul )11.