Translating God's Word for a new generation
In modern politics, it is not uncommon for aspiring individuals to latch onto promising candidates and then to jockey with one another for power and influence. Some candidates even encourage such behavior, hoping to learn who will survive as the “greatest.” In our Gospel lesson this week, Jesus’ disciples ask, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” While the boldness of such a question may seem surprising, what is even more shocking is Jesus’ response. Jesus warns that those who do not become like little children will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven, and that the greatest in Heaven are those who become as humble as little children. Rather than giving an answer that encourages jockeying for power and influence by exalting ourselves, Jesus shifts the focus to our understanding of who we are, who God is, what He has done and what He will do for those He calls His Own. It is a shift that not only highlights our dependence and neediness, but also God’s great grace and love!