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September 23, 2018

Why are you fighting when you should be building the kingdom

Mark 9:30-37– Jesus Again Foretells His Death and Resurrection

 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

Who Is the Greatest?

 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’

What if welcoming a child meant that we would be willing to go to those people who live on the margins of our society and bring them into a place of honor in the middle of our lives? Taking those that the world says are last and making them first in our lives?

This is what it means to live in the kingdom of God, to wrestle with the mystery of faith. Because the truth is that as children of God ourselves, we were welcomed, we who were last and lost in sin were made first in God’s eyes. We who were vulnerable and tossed around by the whims of this world were given the Gospel as some good news to cling to when things got rough. That’s what the mystery of faith and the kingdom of God are all about – it’s about giving you and me, and the world new life.

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