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Liturgical day: Monday 26th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 9,46-50): The disciples were arguing about which of them was the most important. One day the disciples were arguing about which of them was the most important. But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he took a little child and stood him by his side. Then He said to them, «Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me. And listen: the one who is found to be the least among you all, is the one who is the greatest».

Then John spoke up, «Master, we saw someone who drove out demons by calling upon your name, and we tried to forbid him because he doesn't follow you with us». But Jesus said, «Don't forbid him. He who is not against you is for you».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we are surprised reading the debate that tells the Gospel. We even feel embarrassed: disciples who are living with Jesus - the Son of God! - arguing to see who is more important ... We could say that those "grown-up men" behave like children. I wish they were more like children and less adults! Jesus invites them to imitate children (in their simplicity, smallness ...). «He took a little child and stood him by his side. Then He said to them, 'Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me'».

-Or we become "children", or we are left without Jesus. Perhaps it was not an accident that God came to the world as a child!