Lord, you are the
author of life and the giver of all that is good. You are the Prince of Peace and my mainstay. You
are my healer and the cure itself. I need you, and I need to give you. I love you and commit myself
to you entirely, knowing you could never let me down or deceive me. Thank you for giving me your
Jesus, grant me the grace of loving trust in you, like that of a little
1. Who Is the Greatest?
Just like the
disciples, so many times we find ourselves looking to be the greatest. Society encourages us to do
whatever it takes to be successful, to be on top. Frequently in our struggle to succeed we lose
sight of Christ and end up relegating him to second place. If I strive for it, Christ can be of
greatest importance in my life. He can be number one despite my weak
2. The Secret to Success:
Our Lord gives the secret to success in
todayís Gospel passage: If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of
all.This is often in contradiction with the ways of the world. The Gospel teaches us that we must
humble ourselves like Jesus did in order to achieve true greatness. Jesus came to serve, not to be
served, and the climax of this service was his death for us on Calvary.
Success in the spiritual life begins with
our childlike trust in God. Jesus places a child before the disciples and invites them to consider
that child's relationship of trust and simplicity before his parents. In the same way, we too must
become like children before God, our heavenly Father. Do I turn to Our Lord when I'm troubled and
when I wish to share something good with someone?
Conversation with Christ:
Jesus, from now on I intend to entrust my anxieties
and worries to you more readily. Help
me to put all my
cares in your most capable hands and trust in you as
a little child. I know
that you love me very much.
Strengthen my confidence in you.
I will entrust my day
into God's hands and live as a child alongside his father.