Jesus is trying to prepare his disciples for what awaits him in Jerusalem; betrayal, condemnation and death. But they still don’t get it, even after all the time that they have spent living with him and hearing his teaching. Instead of following his example of humility, they are doing the very opposite; jockeying for position, arguing over which of them is the greatest. And so a little child becomes Jesus’ helper in making his point to the disciples. In the kingdom of God, a leader must be a servant of all. Jesus’ disciples must have a special care for the vulnerable, the little ones without status or power. Today’s Gospel challenges us to purify the Church from all traces of elitism and ambition. The Church exists to serve God’s little ones.

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