Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”

Who was the greatest? The question seems to be a bit out of context and a bit of an embarrassment for the disciples. They probably were arguing about their rank within Jesus organization. Their embarrassment was possibly because Jesus refused to rank them in the past, and they expected the same again. This time though Jesus does answer them ; “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” In civil positions the disciples knew the importance and structure of the corporate ladder, they knew the value of high rank in terms of finance, influence, and social prestige. They didn’t yet know Jesus kingdom though, or how it was built.”Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me” was not a parable, it is a statement that can be taken quite literally. In raising a child, you don’t simply raise a king you raise a kingdom. Raising a child in Jesus’s name is raising a child in the gospel of Jesus from an infant baptism through a well formed confirmation.Jesus believed that his Apostles should practice what he preached, just as Jesus practiced what he preached. The difference though was that Jesus “children” were the likes of middle aged fishermen and tax collectors. Raising a kingdom through the raising of “children” was quite a different concept from raising an empire through the raising of cities by a battling emperor. Jesus kingdom after all was the Kingdom of God and the only suitable means to raise up that particular kingdom is to raise citizens in the word of God, and in that word put to practice. Jesus kingdom began indeed by his raising children, aren’t we all Gods children?

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