Monday of the 26th Week of the Year

Luke 9:46-50

The Greatest in the Kingdom


Jesus does not require us to compete against one another. He is not interested in our ordinary struggle for power, position and prestige. What matters most is how we relate to God and to one another. There must be in our hearts a “homely” atmosphere where all are welcomed in Jesus’ name. and that we see every person – rich and poor, infant, teenager or adult – as a child of God, even if he/she is not one of us.

“Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me; whoever welcomes me, welcomes the One who sent me.” (Sr. Brunhilde Rose, SSpS Bible Diary 2002)


One of the favorite stories shared to us by our teacher is the one about a young girl who was a daughter of a carpenter. One day in her Religion class the teacher taught them about Jesus. She related to them how Jesus suffered One day in her Religion class the teacher as He carried the heavy cross for love of His people. Wanting them to know how the sins of people made Jesus suffer the teacher asked the class why the cross was so heavy. The little, with her knowledge about wood, raised her hand and simply said, “Ma’am, baka narra po,” (Maybe it was Narra).

There are many stories that illustrate the simplicity and innocence of children. They can touch and really melt everyone’s heart. Children can also make friends and adapt easily to a new environment while adults may find it difficult.

In our gospel reading today Jesus tells His disciples that to become His followers one must be a childlike – simple, transparent, one that never hungers for power or position and prestige but remains contented with what the Lord give, one that is open to new possibilities, new people, new environment.

In our world today, where hunger for power and exclusivity is strong, we are reminded to revive the spirit of a child within us that is simple and open to God’s will. (Sr. Clarissa Canedo, SSpS, Bible Diary 2005)


Childlike trust in God, a requirement illustrated in today’s gospel, “whoever receives this child in my name receives me and whoever receives me receives the One who sent,” 9v. 48). Only with a childlike trust can we recognize that our mission is first and foremost the mission of the Triune God. In the School of Mary, our Blessed Mother teaches the most basic attitude of missionary life – humility. May our Blessed Mother always draw us closer to the Missionary Heart of the Triune God. (Fr. Jake Ferrer, SVD Bible Diary 2007)


Who is the greatest, the most powerful, the most popular, The wealthiest? Fr. Pierse, CSsR in a commentary wrote: “The power of the world is the power of empire, of coercion.” Can I put enough physical, economic, or social pressure on this person or situation to make things go my way? This power is seen in the school bully, in the authoritarian parent at home, in the bedrooms of corporations, in the negotiations between nations, even in ecclesiastical circles.

In today’s gospel, Jesus knew that the disciples were arguing about who was the greatest among them. Each person, I believe has the inner craving to be great. But where does true  about who was the greatest among them. Each person, I believe has the inner craving to be great. But where does true great lie? True greatness can be found in the powerless, little child. Jesus took a little child and said: “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” Why the child? Again, Fr. Pierse explained: “The child has no degrees, wealth, achievements – which we seek to make us ‘somebody’ great but which, in fact, makes us rivals, competing and jealous of one another. We are constantly seeking things that divide us. But if we accept the poverty, loneliness, and insecurity that is within each of us, we will find ample ground for unity. When we are afraid, seeking power, strength and control, we cannot listen to each other. But when we really listen we will find what we all have in common – a frightened child within.” Children have a fantastic capacity to communicate even without a common language and to easily forget and make up quickly after a hurt. They have as yet no wealth, power, prestige, role image that they have to defend or have become enslaved to. Despite our age, we can still become childlike and not childish. (Fr. Sammy Clarin, SVD Bible Dairy 2009)


September 26, 2016 Monday

The disciples wanted to know the “greatest.” What standards do we use to measure greatness?

The world’s measure is status acquired through power, wealth, and being a celebrity. This results in spiritual impotence – the very opposite of the way of the Cross. Those on this path have their backs to the Cross and to Christ. He calls us to turn around, face him and move towards him, again. And he does it by means of a little child. “But Jesus, knowing what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by his side, and said to them, ‘Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives Him who sent me; for he who is least among you, this is the one who is great.’”

This child is the Lord’s alternative to the search for status because it is weak, insignificant, a nobody – utterly lacking in any ability to confer status on anyone.

Status as the world defines is irrelevant in the Kingdom. The only thing that matters is pleasing the Lord, and to do that we must follow his example and serve the brethren. The world finds greatness in status, but the Lord finds it in service. And so, in our mission apostolate and programs, in our building fund, we ask: Are we doing these to build His kingdom or our empire? To gain status or to serve better? The answer to these questions will determine the kind of blessing we receive.

Servanthood flows inevitably from the gospel. Therefore, to be a slave to status and the worldly  means of achieving it, to seek fulfillment and self-worth from the world, is to live in a manner utterly incompatible with the belief in the Gospel we profess to have. (Fr. Cyril Ortega, SVD | DWC, Vigan, Ilocos Sur Bible Diary 2016)


October 1, 2012

St. Therese of the Child Jesus,
virgin and doctor

Jb 1:6-22
Ps 17
Lk 9:46-50

[or Is 66:10-14cPs 131
Mt 18:1-4]

Lk 9:46-50
The Greatest in the Kingdom

46An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest. 47Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side 48and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.”

49Then John said in reply, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow in our company.” 50Jesus said to him, “Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”


The greatest. Where does greatness lie? Worldly greatness is about power, rank, authority, wealth, popularity, prestige, personal ambition, bending the will of people, arrogance, intolerance of others. Here Jesus corrects his disciples’ understanding of greatness. He turns worldly greatness upside down.

In the context of the Gospel, the disciples manifest attitudes contrary to what Jesus desires: rivalry (on who among them is the greatest) and intolerance of outsiders. Jesus teaches them to empty themselves of worldly attitudes by welcoming anyone who resembles a child (one who is devoid of rank or power) and by presenting the child as model of evangelical greatness because of its being the least member of society. To welcome a child is to accept the least in society and serve them. The least are great when they serve the rest regardless of their status. Disciples must not practice exclusivity like worldly people do. Outsider exorcists must therefore be tolerated because of true Christian attitude.

Are you aware of Church people practicing exclusivity in membership and activities?  What is your idea of greatness?


Sunday, September 27, 2015

MONDAY OF THE 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – LUKAS 9:46-50. NGANONG DILI MAN KITA ANGAY’NG MAGMAPAHITAS-ON? Si Saint Vincent de Paul nag-ingon, “Ang garbo maoy atong pinakadakong kaaway tungod kay kini maoy tuboran sa tanang daotan ug kalaglagan sa tanang maayo.” Tinuod kini sumala sa atong kasinati-an. Kon garbo maoy maghari, anaa ang pagsumpakiay, pagdinaotay ug pagdinumtanay. Likayan gayod nato nga mahimong garboso tungod kay matod pa sa libro ni Santiago: “Ang Ginoo makigbatok sa mga mapahitas-on, apan maglaban siya sa mga mapaubsanon” (4:6).  Diha sa ebanghelyo, gidasig kita ni Hesus nga magmapaubsanon tungod kay ang labing ubos sa tanan maoy ilhong labing dako didto sa Langit. Sakto ang gisulat: “Being humble is more important than being wise because God doesn’t need a proud mouth that speaks much, but a kind heart that listens.” Posted by Abet Uy


Monday, September 28, 2015

Reflection for September 28, Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 9:46-50

Reflection: What does a child represent? It represents humility and submission.

The disciples were arguing who among them is the greatest. Therefore Jesus brought in a child to impart to them lessons about humility and submission to the will of God. When a person is humble he doesn’t care about who is the greatest. What he only cares for is to serve never mind if there is no recognition for as long as he is able to serve.

In the vineyard of the Lord to be the greatest should not be an objective of anyone. The objective that a person should rather have is to be the servant of everyone. When a person aims to be a star in his service for the Lord he also strips himself of the right to serve the Lord. Because how can he be authentic in his service for the Lord if his motives are not? How can he truly serve the Lord if his objective is to be the star of his group?

It’s not for anyone to seek greatness when he is serving in the vineyard of the Lord. It’s for God to bestow greatness and God always bestows it generously to those who are humble. Never He bestows it to those who seek it to serve their selfish agendas. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Reflection for Monday September 26, Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 9:46-50

Reflection: Who is the greatest? It’s the humble one, the one who is always willing to serve us, always willing to be with us. We may not know it but Jesus has been serving us since time immemorial. He is in the person of the priest during the Sacrament of Reconciliation forgiving us of our sins.

He is always present in the Eucharistic or Holy Mass celebration humbly giving His Body and Blood to nourish our body and our soul. He is the greatest treasure that we can ever have! But His greatness is a paradox to some of us because we measure greatness by our earthly standards.

Such as greatness thru power and influence this is mostly fueled by political power, position in government and in the private sector and the size of our bank account. But this greatness is passing and temporary; the time will come that this shall pass us and we shall be forgotten.

Jesus is the personification of true greatness: His humility, His self-sacrifice and His refusal to wield power for His own self interest. This greatness of Jesus is usually unheard in this world nevertheless we should emulate the greatness of Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


WORK IN PROGRESS – “… for whoever is not against you is for you.” – Luke 9:50

I remember the time when I was part of Ang Lingkod ng Panginoon’s mission team to set up our branch in Alabang. I got into a heated discussion with a brother with whom I was tasked to organize a retreat. I could not understand why he opposed everything that I suggested. In the end, I also critiqued and shot down his suggestions — only because I wanted to get back at him.

Back then, I failed to realize that we were co-servants for a retreat, and more importantly, we served the same God. The Lord must have frowned when He heard us bicker at each other. We were supposed to work together and not against each other. The folly of the Apostles who stopped the man from healing — because he was not one of them — was my own. Today, I always pray that God will grant me the grace to be open to others’ differing opinions, that I may be an instrument of unity and good relationships. I’m still a work in progress and I believe that the one who began the good work in me will “continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Dina Pecaña (

Reflection: “What I do you cannot do; but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are great, and none of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” (St. Teresa of Calcutta)

Most Holy Trinity, as You are united in love, help us to also be one in Your love.


THE ESSENCE OF TRUE GREATNESS – We tend to admire different aspects of greatness. Some people focus on athletic ability, others on the activities of the mind, still others on beauty or the spiritual side of life. What is it that speaks of greatness to you? When I reflect on that question, I tend to focus on the saints as the people who epitomize greatness for me. Their greatness is evident in their capacity to forget themselves and put others first in their lives. This is what Jesus’ life was all about and I hope this is what I can focus on, too.

This is not to say that doing things that please you is bad, but that we shouldn’t focus solely on that. It pleased Jesus to be obedient to His Father’s will; it should please us to act according to God’s plan for our lives.

We know for sure we have our priorities straight when we gain satisfaction in serving others rather than trying to fulfill our own needs and desires. Selflessness in service is a true sign of greatness.

Another point that is critical here is where we look for approval. The approval of men can be satisfying, but we cannot be sure that they approve based on the right motives. However, when God demonstrates His approval at the things we do, we can be sure that we are truly on the right path to greatness.

The Gospel speaks of selflessness in the service of others when we are reminded that Jesus came to serve and not be served. The Son of God came seeking to serve us by winning for us the gift of salvation. He could have come in glory and demanded that we be His slaves, but He did not because that is not the way of love. He came and revealed to us His love and then invited us to follow Him. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTION: To what degree do you serve others in your life or do you have a very selfish outlooks on life?

Holy Spirit, help me to lose myself and my cares in following You such that God’s will becomes the most important thing for me to do.


September 28, 2015

Monday of 26th Week in Ordinary Time

Zec 8: 1-8; Ps. 101:16-18, 19-23, 29, Lk 9: 46-50

Just Like a Child

The dispute among the disciples about who is the greatest in the Kingdom arises immediately after Jesus had predicted his passion, death and resurrection for a second time.  And this shows that they did not understand the meaning of Jesus predictions. His response presenting the example of a child makes it amply clear what it means to be the greatest in the Kingdom. Namely, one who, like a child, acknowledges total dependence on God, one who accepts God as one’s source of strength, is the one who is the greatest.

In the second part of this periscope, John, the evangelist as spokesperson of the group reports that the disciples tried to stop an unknown exorcist, as he did not belong to their “inner circle”. Here the irony is that the disciples were not able earlier to cast out a demon ((9:40); and now a stranger who does not belong to their group, has been able to do so. Jesus’ response to this incident calls for openness and tolerance. He asks them to get out of their closed mind-set and accept the universality of God’s providence that guides people of all religions and cultures. Though the Gospel seems to indicate that Jesus came primarily for the Jews , his was an inclusive approach. He excluded nobody, and all who were open to receive his radical message were welcome to be part of his community.

We need to be constantly aware of this attitude and approach of Jesus , especially when we make such distinctions between those of other faiths and ourselves. Fr. Louis Malieckal CMI


Monday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time

Job 1: 6-22; Luke 9:46-50

You Are Not Alone

Today’s generation could be called ‘Google-generation. They remain always connected to internet and have access to knowledge banks, thousands of videos, songs and many more. Nobody knows where the information comes from, yet all know that they do exist. And we can avail their support.

Today Jesus is mentioning about such a supportive community even though we don’t see them physically near to us. He says whoever is not against you is with you. You may not see them moving with you. But they are with you. There are thousands who share the mission we have. There are hundreds who undergo the suffering we undergoes at the present moment. And there are millions who face the challenges in life as we face. Always remember we are not alone.

When Prophet Elijah felt that he is alone in fighting against idolatry in the nation (I Kg 18:22), God reminded him that he has prepared hundred of prophets to stand for God (I Kg 18:13). When people suffered, they were reminded by St. Paul that there are hundreds who suffer with them (Hb 10:32-36).

Today, if we feel that we are left alone in carrying out our mission, be assured that God has prepared thousands to walk with us. In our failures and success, sufferings and good health, rejections and appreciations, they are with us.

Never be discouraged or desperate in life, because we are not alone. Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI


September 26, 2016


Today’s  first reading presents the beginning of the Book of Job, one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time. And we will continue to read from this book in the days ahead.

This work was composed at some time around the 5th century B.C. by an anonymous author who created his dramatic poem around the imaginary figure of a man named Job.

The Book of Job is all about the problem of the suffering good person regards divine retribution. In a series of long speeches, four of Job’s friends urge him to admit that he deserves his suffering because of some hidden sin of his. But Job maintains his innocence and calls upon God to have God explain to him why he is suffering so much.

Many Christians, when they experience great trials, react like Job. They believe that God is responsible for their sufferings, that God has sent them their sufferings as a punishment or as a trial to test them. But God, contrary to what many Old Testament texts say, never punishes and never sends tests. Jesus is very clear on this: “My Father judges no one” (Jn 5:22). How could a good father want his children to suffer?



See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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