September 24, 2006
Opening Life Reflection
Jesus lived his life in the service of others. He cared for those who were poor and sick and lost. Jesus wants us to do the same.
Listening to the Word of God
Scripture Discussion Starters
In the gospel reading Jesus tries to tell his disciples that he is going to suffer and die. His disciples do not want to hear such terrible news. They do not understand what Jesus is trying to tell them.
We hear that the disciples have an argument about which one of them is the greatest. Jesus asks them what they are arguing about, but his disciples do not give him an answer. Jesus knows that they are talking about greatness and he teaches them that serving others is the only true form of greatness. Jesus tells his disciples that if they want to be first, they must be last. He was making the point that if anyone wants to be great they need to serve others.
In today’s gospel Jesus welcomes a small child in his arms. Jesus wants his disciples to know that when they care for such a child they care for him.
Jesus wants us to care for one another and serve those in need.
Questions for Deeper Reflection
(If you are not going to continue with the doctrinal discussion, proceed to the Gospel in Life.)
Doctrinal Discussion Starters
Catholic Christians are baptized into a life of service. We share in the work of Jesus by feeding the hungry, helping the poor and caring for the sick. When we do these things for other people we are helping Jesus. A sign of true greatness is the ability to take the time to help someone in need.
Together, Catholic Christians can make a big difference in the world. Imagine all God’s people working for peace. Let’s begin today!
• What are some things that you can do to follow Jesus’ example?
The Gospel in Life
Connecting to Faith First® Legacy Edition