In this reading, Jesus foretold his death and resurrection on the third day. The people however didn’t understand his sayings but rather kept mute. Later on, there was a dispute as to who should be the greatest amongst the disciples. Jesus however ministered to them on the greatest being the servant of all. A child was brought out and he enjoined them to receive little children if they indeed wanted to become great.
Jesus encouraged the disciples to embrace those that work in His name as those not against Him are for Him. He further warned them against being offended at those that believe in Him.
We saw from the life of Jesus, a life of total submission to the will of God. When we submit to God’s will, we will be raised; therefore we shouldn’t be plagued by the fear of the unknown because our future is secure and can only end in praise. As people desire to achieve greatness, there is a call to open our hearts to humility like children. Children believe all things and easily forgive. Embracing the heart of a child is a key to being the greatest.
I am humble and obedient in all things.
Reading – Mark 9:30-50
Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time
30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.
33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us
38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us. 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.
Causing to Stumble
42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.  [a] 45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.  [b] 47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where
“‘the worms that eat them do not die,
and the fire is not quenched.’[c]
49 Everyone will be salted with fire.
50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
- Mark 9:44 Some manuscripts include here the words of verse 48.
- Mark 9:46 Some manuscripts include here the words of verse 48.
- Mark 9:48 Isaiah 66:24
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.