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The good news for the day, May 17

Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (342)

Jesus and friends came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, he began to question the people learning from Him, “On the way here, what were you arguing about?” They didn’t answer; among themselves they had been discussing on the way who was the most important. Then Jesus pulled up a chair, gathered the Twelve around him to tell them, “If anybody wants to be ‘first,’ that one shall be the last of all, the servant of all.” Bringing forward a young child, he placed the child in the middle of the group; giving a hug to the child, He told them, “Whoever welcomes a child like this one as part of the Family, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes not me but the One who sent me.” (Mark 9, 33-37)

On the one hand, all of us—from little on up—consider ourselves superior. We compete. You do this in little and big ways, in ways silent and subtle, as well as ways public and conversational. “You have read a book”—I have read seven. “You might have an opinion”—but my opinion is wiser, smarter, and more truthful. He says a remark and in your mind, “gotcha! Wrong!” She states a fact, and you just know she is wrong, you know better.

This is “this-generation” thinking. You, I and everybody—does this kind of self-aggrandizement. You learn not to brag or emphasize superiority too much out loud—not to shut people up, not to show how greater or better we are in grammar, knowledge, practical advice and political correctness.

The Good News is our equality—we are all children of one Father, not superior or inferior. In God’s eyes and heart, we remain children, standing in the middle of our world. We always think we are better than others, and God is trying to teach us that that ain’t so. Receive a little child—the little child you yourself are. Accept your status. Now you are free of prejudice.

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