Jesus went on from there with his disciples 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. 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 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."
Today is Tuesday the 25 February, in the seventh week of ordinary time.
The University of Johannesburg choir sing Ukuthula; Peace in this world of sin the blood of Jesus brings. Redemption in this world of sin the blood of Jesus brings.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark.
More than once in his teaching, Jesus chooses a child as an example. As you hear Jesus speak of the little child, what do you hear him saying to you?
Have you ever sensed that God was speaking to you through a child? What could a child teach you?
As you listen to the reading again, focus on the way Jesus takes the child in his arms and speaks of welcome...
How did you feel as you heard the passage that second time? Did you sense that Jesus saying anything to you? Maybe, through the example of this child, Jesus is drawing you into a more intimate relationship with him. Speak to Jesus now about your feelings as you listened to his words.