NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD
We live in a world that holds competition at a high value. Let us look at the past week and determine whether this fact was true in our experience. Was there a time or place when we came up against the fact that being number ONE is of greatest importance?
By taking a good look at today’s readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we see that our society, including each one of us, is faced with no small challenges. We hear about the apostles arguing among themselves as to who is the greatest, who is number one. St. James points out that jealousy, selfishness, and false ambitions are the sources of much disorder. And the book of Wisdom gives a description of a conspiracy being plotted against a righteous individual. Doesn’t all this sound like the 21st century? Then we see Jesus bring a child into the midst of the disciples, inviting them, as it were, to live a simple, inconspicuous life so that others might simply live.
The scripture says that Jesus took the disciples inside the house. There he began to question them concerning the nature of their conversation. Notice that Jesus took them inside, away from the crowd. He proceeded to point out some issues about how to view who is important in life and who might fall into this category. The argument among the apostles about who is the greatest came to a halt, and in the quiet of the house, Jesus taught them about greatness in God’s terms. Jesus turned their expectations, and ours, upside down by saying: the greatest becomes the least and the first becomes the last.