For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, in today's reading below, it is interesting to see how the disciples were concerned about who was the greatest as they jockeyed for position and compared themselves to one another to see who was the greatest. Just as it was then, so it is now, we keep looking for recognition, honor, an 'atta girl' or 'atta boy' pat on the back. The hunger for greatness and importance does not seem to wane or quit. When asked, "Who is the greatest?" Jesus chose a little child and put the child at His right side. The right side is that privileged position and represents the guest of honor. The child is not just the innocent one but in those days was the lowly one because it was the children who were domestic servants and part of the household staff. They really were like the 'low man on the totem pole'. But Jesus, He put the lowly humble child right smack dab next to Him.
I understand a child is completely dependent on their parents for their every need and every want, so must I be completely dependent upon You. Further, I must not neglect or influence anyone to stray from that which is right because we are all Your children, young and old. Thoughout the Scriptures and particularly in the Gospels we are taught to come to You with child-like dependence just as our children are completely dependent on us. It can become all too easy for me to busy my Life with work, family, worry, struggles and juggling day-to-day chaos and forget all about You.
This reminds me of how You as our Ultimate Parent will never leave us; how You will always want us; how You will always Love us; how You will always receive us; how You will always want us close to You and right up next to You, tugging on You asking question after question after question. We should be completely dependent upon You like a child dependent upon the parent.
Father, I know You will never leave any of Your children or abandon any of us. If anything, it is us who will choose to leave or abandon You. Thank You for this awareness today and reminding me of our Father/child relationship and how my Spiritual DNA leads right back to You. Also, thank You for reminding me that there is no competition in Divine Mind, as we are all unique, special and one of a kind.
Through Jesus Christ's Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face. ~Amen
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
46 And an argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest.
47 But when Jesus perceived the thought of their hearts, He took a child and put him by His side,
48 and said to them, "Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for he who is least among you all is the one who is great."
49 John answered, "Master, we saw a man casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us."
50 But Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you."
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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