The disciples of Jesus struggle to discover the meaning of the mission and message of Jesus; they worried about dif-ferent things that are not the real point of Christ being in their midst, missing what real-ly matters. In today’s gospel they wonder who will have the highest place in the Kingdom. In the same way there are times when we are lost; we are called to follow Christ, and we wor-ry about tiny advantages and securities as if Christ never was. Jesus appeals to the disci-ples’ ambition: “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and servant of all,” and this translates to “Please, be humble." Indeed Jesus often appeals to our lower level of think-ing to inspire us with the ambition of imitating him who came “not to be served, but to serve” (Mk 10:45).
Jesus took a little child and said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives not me but the One who sent me.” The child in Israel in Jesus' times is the image of those who need protection, who are incapa-ble of providing for themselves, and in a broad way all those in need. How do we respond to this calling? How are we helping those in need in this parish? Remember that we will be judged by Love, and only Love can save us.