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THE POWERFUL AND THE CHILDREN
who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of
all… Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever
welcomes one of these little children
my name welcomes me…”
9:35b-37a (read 9:33-37) - NIV
disciples were as problematic to Jesus as were his critics and
enemies. Following Jesus was no guarantee of perfection or wisdom.
The followers fumbled and stumbled, and at the hour of greatest
danger, abandoned him. With the crucifixion of Jesus, many returned
to their former way of life. They were unstable and selfish. Each
sought dominion over the others, wanting to reach the top and be “me
Pentecost and the formation of the churches, the situation did not
change. The old problems: selfishness, deception and friction between
the brethren reappeared. The internal problems were as threatening as
the external persecutions. The Epistles were written because of the
conflicts within Christian communities in order to extinguish fires
in their own households of faith.
in the course of Christian history, the theology of taking up the
cross morphed into the practice of violence. The ideal of humility
gave place to arrogance, and service to others became manipulation of
others. The church as an institution has much difficulty in being
consistent in matching theory with practice. The individual is often
sacrificed to promote the structure. Churches confuse institution
with community. In promoting themselves they think they are
benefiting mankind. Ecclesiastical institutions follow the same
pattern as secular ones in that they, too, often become competitive
arenas in which some rise to the top at the expense of others.
faced a fuss over power among his disciples. There was still no
formal church structure, but they were already fighting for the "pole
position” at the starting line.
called their attention to children. Children represented the
"powerless" without authority and those who had no standing
in the social structure. The greatest persons in the Kingdom are the
"powerless". The power of Jesus was not institutional. He
never held office which gave him authority over others. His power was
receive children in a motherly fashion is to identify with them.
Those who really love children have no ambitions of grandeur and
power. Mother love is love that gives, nurtures and sacrifices itself
for the good of the beloved.
"civilization" ignores children. They are the biggest
victims of malnutrition and all kinds of violence. More attention is
given to prevent abortion than to caring for those who are already
born. War, with the hypocritical justification of security, has
priority over the welfare of the growing number of impoverished
people in the USA of which children are a large part. In Africa they
are abducted and trained to take up arms and fight in favor of the
powerful. In many cities traffickers use them for enrichment. Some
parents put them to beg on street corners. Many are used as cheap
labor for the production of low cost articles on economic
is easy to identify with the powerful and favor them. It is
advantageous to give value to those who hold prominent positions and
are successful. We want to circulate with the elite.
children is to identify with those who are not valued by society and
can be seen as useless and inconvenient. Along with them are the
elderly poor, the immigrants, the minorities and other groups
marginalized by prejudice and neglect. Those are the people that need
solidarity in order to survive! Jesus was homeless, landless, jobless
and penniless. He lived on the margins of social structure. Whoever
receives one of these, receives Jesus.
can receive Jesus only as we receive those of the disadvantaged with
whom he identified. All else is illusion and self-deception.
9:33-37 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What
were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on
the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be
first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in
his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little
children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not
welcome me but the one who sent me.”