Who is the Greatest?
Readings: 1st: Job 1:6-22; Ps: 17; Gos: Lk 9:46-50
This brief reflection was written by Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). He is a missionary in Puerto Rico, the island of enchantment. He is the Chancellor of the Dioceses of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico; the Parish Priest of Parroquia la Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Major Superior of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Circumscription of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. For more details and comments contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Today is the Monday of the twenty-sixth week of ordinary time. Today Luke presents an argument that ensued among Christ’s disciples and how Christ resolved the dispute.
It is interesting to note that this argument started after Christ talked about his imminent suffering, death, and resurrection. Unfortunately, instead of reflecting on what Christ was saying, his disciples were busy quarreling secretly over who was the greatest.
Of course, they argued because of the earthly government they imagined that Christ had come to establish. So, Christ’s disciples were experiencing a conflict of interest.
This is what we often see in any society, church, family, and anywhere, personal ambition is considered more important than anything else. There, we see in-fighting, gossips, indifference, aggression, threats to lives and properties, hatred, and all sorts of vices.
All these come at the expense of the common good and peaceful coexistence. Wherever these exist, there can be no progress, prosperity, and peace.
Therefore, by using a child as an example for us today, Jesus is only teaching us that we have to become like children to be great.
Of course, this does not mean being childish. Instead, it means being child-like. It means that we have to live our lives in humble service to God and one another.
To be great is to be focused on something other than oneself. It means our ability to accommodate, welcome, and work in harmony with others, just as children always do.
Finally, it means the ability to serve others rather than being served. It means a humble sacrifice. It also means the readiness to accept the truth and to reflect positively on it.
Peace be with you all.