The Race for Last

September 26, 2015
Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Luke 9:46-50

An argument arose among the disciples
about which of them was the greatest.
Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child
and placed it by his side and said to them,
“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
For the one who is least among all of you
is the one who is the greatest.”

Then John said in reply,
“Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name
and we tried to prevent him
because he does not follow in our company.”
Jesus said to him,
“Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Edgar Calma)

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” We all know that this phrase became one of the famous lines in a fairy tale story. But in our present context, especially in the world of business, entertainment, and sports, among others, the search question still lingers and continue to reflect on us — who is the greatest of them all? Yes, indeed, we are in search of the one who is the greatest, the best, and the one who will outperform the rest. Because the ultimate survivor will set the standard and paradigm of the world. The greatest will break and set a new record, and the best will be the trailblazer.

The Gospel Reading for today gives us the glimpse of the road toward greatness in the eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest (Lk 9:48).” For our Lord Jesus Christ, to be great in the eyes of the Father is to be like a child — humble, simple and docile. Greatness is not about what I have become or what I have achieved in life, but what I have surrendered to the will of the Father. It is not about how much I have acquired and accumulated in life, but it is all about how much of myself have I let go and emptied in following the Lord.

Often times, this is easier than done. Meekness, humility, simplicity and docility in the eyes of the Father, is a daily struggle to be more and more configured to our Lord Jesus Christ. Being configured to Christ is about facing our struggles in life, carrying our crosses, and bearing one another’s woundedness and weaknesses. This is truly demonstrated when we become patient, forgiving and loving with each other in the midst of disagreements and differences in opinion and ways of doing things. To be more understanding and accepting is always the invitation to live together and serving one another.

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