Luke 9: 46-50
In you, Lord, I find all my joy and happiness. How
could I offend you by chasing after fleeting success and lifeless trophies? I believe in you because
you are truth itself. I hope in you because you are faithful to your promises. I love you because
you have loved me first. I am a sinner; nevertheless, you have given me so many blessings. I humbly
Holy Spirit, teach me to see myself as the least of
all, as one called to serve all.
1. Me-first Syndrome:
Listening wasn't the disciples' strong suit. How could it
be? If they had truly paid attention to the Master, they should have known that the Good News wasn't
about striving for prestige and recognition. It was about humility and service. We can only wonder
why Jesus' words didn't sink in for his disciples. Yet, are we much better? We hear or read the same
Gospel passages year after year, yet we still fall into sins of pride. We might think ourselves
better or smarter or holier than the rest. But how does Christ see us?
explains in what greatness consists: the acceptance of the weakest and most defenseless, in his
name. This requires a humble heart. God gives us certain powers that he hopes will be used for good
purposes. The history of mankind seethes with tales of people exploiting one another at every
opportunity. Examples abound: ethnic groups that exploit minorities, employers who take advantage of
poor immigrants, the road-rager who cuts off people in traffic. "Power corrupts," says the ancient
adage. Indeed it does. How do I treat the people over whom I have authority? Am I like a dictator?
Do I always want to show them "who's the boss"? Or is my attitude one of service?
explains that he and the other disciples tried to stop someone who was doing good in Jesus' name.
The person's crime was that he didn't follow "in our company." Christians have derailed more than a
few good works over the centuries because they thought themselves appointed by God to police the
Church. The Holy Spirit raises up all kinds of new works which need to be serenely discerned, not
systematically squelched simply because they are new. "By their fruits you will know them," Jesus
says (see Matthew 7:16). The lesson Our Lord wants to give
is: Don't be so quick to judge others' motives. Give them the benefit of the doubt, and wait to see
what their work produces. Is there anyone I'm keeping from doing good?
Give me the grace to see people and actions through your
Let me bring my standards in line with yours.
Let me learn to look at a person's
rather than his appearance.
And above all, give me the wisdom never
in the way of people doing good for your Church.
I will do an act of charity for the pro-life movement
or for a children's group.