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DG BookGospel: Mk 9:30-37
After leaving that place, they made their way through Galilee; but Jesus did not want people to know where he was because he was teaching
his disciples. And he told them, “The Son of Man will be delivered into human hands. They will kill him, but three days after he has been killed,
he will rise.” The disciples, however, did not understand these words and they were afraid to ask him what he meant.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, Jesus asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?”
But they did not answer because they had been arguing about who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve
and said to them, “If someone wants to be first, let him be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child,
placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it he said to them, “Whoever welcomes a child such as
this in my name, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes not me, but the One who sent me. ”


Lectio Divina:

READ: Jesus begins to prepare His disciples about His impending passion,
death and resurrection but His disciples do not understand. They were even
busy arguing who would be the greatest of them in the coming kingdom of
their Master. Jesus that day teaches them that it is in being unself-conscious
like the child that greatness lies.

REFLECT: The disciples still did not get it. No matter how many times Jesus
will tell them that His being Messiah is one of suffering and death. But on the
third day, He will rise again. Still they persist in their notion of an earthly Messiah
who will replace the political and religious leadership of Israel at an appointed
time. Thus, they began to argue who among them would benefit the most
in the coming earthly kingdom of their lord and master. Again, Jesus has to
patiently school them in His way. He emphasizes this time that it is not the
grasping ambitious grown ups who will be first in His coming Kingdom but
those who are childlike and unaware of their own importance. That the most
important achievement is the dying to the self rather than bloating the self with
invented self-importance. The journey of the disciples toward self-emptying
will be long and hard.

RESPOND: Today is a good day to examine the content of our heart. Are we
pining for things that increase the self rather than the spirit? We can get to know
these desires of the heart to understand our basic poverty.


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