Saint Joseph Cafasso by Ermes Dovico
GOSPEL PEARLS

Managing power

Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me. (Mark 9: 37)

Gospel Pearls 19_09_2021

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And Jesus did not want anyone to know, for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him. And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” (Mark 9: 30-37)

If the undisputed leader of a community is about to disappear, confusion spreads and there is a great desire to find another point of reference. Even the apostles did not escape this rule, while depending too much on Jesus' management of power and his allocation of duties within the group. According to what Jesus taught us, power must be used to serve and not to dominate others. How do I relate to the tasks and responsibilities I am given? Do I see myself as the centre of the world so that others have to use me? Or am I at the disposal of those who ask for my help without turning them down?