Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 9, 30-37
Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
and they will kill him,
and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.”
But they did not understand the saying,
and they were afraid to question him.
They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
he began to ask them,
“What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they remained silent.
They had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
“If anyone wishes to be first,
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“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.”
Do not climb for positions but for heaven
1) The Passion. We all know that in life we will go through moments of anguish and crisis that lead us to feel crucified. Some live through it in silence and others take advantage of it to victimize themselves like they are actors in a play. We must undertake the path of our passion with dignity looking up at heaven and letting ourselves be accompanied by our brothers and sisters. God is with us in our brethren. It is there where you find the Cyrenian, Veronica, and Mary.
2) Climbing. This is a problem in our society and even in our Church. I remember a brother priest who used to talk only about bishops, about those most likely to become bishops and even about how bishops dress. In short, he only wanted to be a bishop. There is a saying that goes “tell me what you speak about and I will tell you what you lack.” In short, you do not have to climb for higher positions because in your path you will step on others. Look for heaven, reach up to heaven and in doing so, step on your miseries.
3) To be a child. This means being innocent, having the capacity to lead a simple life. Do not become a stubborn child. Try to build your life from the simple things.
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Remember: Heaven is our goal!