May 22 – Tuesday
Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Reading: MK 9:30-37
Who is the greatest in God’s kingdom
Who is the greatest in God’s kingdom?
What is the significance of Jesus’ gesture? Jesus elevated a little child in the presence of his disciples by placing the child in a privileged position of honor. It is customary, even today, to seat the guest of honor at the right side of the host. Who is the greatest in God’s kingdom? The one who is humble and lowly of heart – who instead of asserting their rights willingly empty themselves of pride and self-seeking glory by taking the lowly position of a servant.
Jesus, himself, is our model. He came not to be served, but to serve (Matthew 20:28). Paul the Apostle states that Jesus emptied himself and took the form of a servant (Philippians 2:7). Jesus lowered himself (he whose place is at the right hand of God the Father) and took on our lowly nature that he might raise us up and clothe us in his divine nature.
Lord Jesus, by your cross you have redeemed the world and revealed your glory and triumph over sin and death. May we never fail to see your glory and victory in the cross. Help us to conform to your will and to follow in your way of holiness. Amen.