25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B)
The Lord wants to prepare the disciples for his coming passion and death; but they are not ready to hear it. The evangelist tells us that they didn’t understand and were afraid to ask. Afraid because, sometimes, it’s preferable not to know. By not knowing, we avoid facing things, we don’t have to live with the fear of knowing. And yet, not knowing carries its own fears. We have all experienced them.
And so, to calm those fears, they change the conversation. While the Lord is talking about the passion, they are quarreling about who is the greatest. And the greatest, Jesus tells them and us, is “the last of all and the servant of all” (Mk 9:35).
The episode ends with Jesus calling a small child and placing him in their midst. Imagine the tenderness of Jesus embracing this child. Let us never be afraid to welcome the little ones, because in welcoming them we welcome the Lord. God bless you!