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Today’s Gospel
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Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Lk 9:46-50): An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest. An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side and 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.

”Then 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.” Jesus said to him, “Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we are surprised reading the debate that the Gospel tells. 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 like 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'.”

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