Daily Bible Reading
Tuesday of the Seventh week in Ordinary Time
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 he 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."
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"If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all"
Saint Gregory Nazianzen (330-390), Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Homily for the Feast of Easter; PG 36, 624
Some people are puzzled by the marks of the Passion on Christ's body and ask themselves: “Who is this king of glory?” (Ps 24:8). Answer them that it is the Lord strong and mighty in all he has done and will continue to do... Show them the beauty of the robe worn by Christ's suffering body, bejewelled by the Passion and transfigured by the brilliance of the divinity, that robe of glory that offers the object that is the most beautiful and most worthy of love in the world... Does the fact that he humbled himself for your sake make him small? Does the fact that he, the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for his flock (Jn 10:1), who came to seek out the lost sheep and, when he had found it, set it on those shoulders of his that had borne the cross for her, and who, when he had brought her back, placed her among the faithful sheep who had remained in the fold (Lk 15:4f): does this make him contemptible? Do you think the less of him because he girded himself with a linen towel to wash his disciples' feet, thus showing them that the surest way of being exalted is to humble oneself? (Jn 13:4; Mt 23:12). For, by turning his soul to the earth, he humbles himself so as to raise up with him all those who are bowed down beneath the weight of sin. Are you going to blame him for having eaten with publicans and sinners for their salvation? (Mt 9:10).
He knew weariness, hunger, thirst, anguish and tears in accordance with the law of our human nature. Yet, as God, what did he not do?... We need a God made man who has taken mortal nature, if we are to live. We have shared in his purifying death; through his death he enables us to share his resurrection; through his resurrection he enables us to share his glory.