“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”

Leaving the scene of the exorcism, Jesus and His disciples “began a journey through Galilee” (the beginning of Mk 9:30-37).  On the way, Jesus again predicts His passion, death, and resurrection, but the disciples do not understand this.  Reaching Capernaum, Jesus questions the disciples regarding what they were arguing about on the road.  They were discussing who among them was the greatest, but they weren’t going to tell Jesus that, thus they say nothing.  So Jesus takes aside the Twelve and says what is in the headline of this post.  I suppose it is hard for us to imagine such a silly discussion happening while Jesus was in their midst.  Being with Him daily, they witnessed riveting preaching and countless miracles.  These bunch of fishermen, and others of various and sundry backgrounds, were nobodies in the eyes of the world until Jesus called them.  Whether we consider ourselves nobodies or somebodies we must realize whatever talents or gifts we have were received (cf. Mt 25:14-30; Lk 19:12-28).  The best definition of humility I have ever heard is this: Humility is acknowledgment of the truth.  What’s the truth?  God is the creator, we are the creatures, and everything we have is given to us by Him and all that we have should be presented back to Him in spades.  The deadly sin of pride will find no home in us if we remember this.

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