福音 MK 9：30-37
he began to ask them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they remained silent. They had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.”
This gospel is kind of a double feature. We have part XNUMX where Jesus and the disciples are walking together and Jesus is teaching them. Part XNUMX has the disciples arguing over who is the greatest among them. I’m going to focus on the second part, but I just want to say one thing about this part XNUMX first.
部分1 - Gobblygook到福音
Jesus is saying some pretty difficult things on the walk through Galilee. And the disciples don’t understand. How often have you heard a teacher say something that you didn’t understand? Does it sound like gobbleygook ro perhaps Charlie Brown’s teacher?
How about your parents? I’m not speaking of not wanting to 听 to your parents here – but when they say a word you don’t comprehend or speak about a difficult subject. When you don’t understand something, the worst thing you can do is 不 as questions. Sometimes, you are afraid of looking stupid or you get embarrassed. But I guarantee you, that if you don’t understand something, most of the rest of your kids around you have similar questions. Be brave and be the one who wants to understand what is going on and clarify the message. Just as Jesus wanted his disciples to understand, all of you teachers are there because they want you to learn.
部分2 - 最伟大的
在他们走过加利利的时候，门徒们正在争论谁是他们中最伟大的人。 请记住，在几堂课之前，耶稣已经成对地将他们送出去以他的名义行神迹。 我可以想象他们的论点。
- “就这样？ 我补充了一个干涸的井“
- “我对你们所有人都过分了 - 我治愈了一个整个生病的家庭”
这将是一系列的一次性尝试，每个人都试图比以前更好。 听起来不是很好 给予 态度 - 每个门徒都试图以某种方式减少对方以增强自己的庄严。
In many places in the world, people try to identify who is the 最大的. Who are some of the Greatests 你知道吗？
Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player. Or is it now LeBron James?
They even have a funny name for this – 山羊. Does anyone know what that means? 山羊 - G.reatest Of All T我。
但是你注意到，一旦你有一个新的GOAT，其他人现在更小了？ 曾经是最伟大的人现在是#2。 所有人都在减少，因为不知怎的，他们没有#1那么伟大。
I don’t think God wants us to work this way. In economics, this is called a Zero-Sum-Game. One winner, other losers. I think the way God wants us to work is to try to be the Greatest You Can Be. The person who 给 of himself to lift others up. The person who helps others grow; 谁 导游 them from places of darkness to places of light. He says – be a servant to be first. That is Great.
Jesus then brought forth a child. and said “whoever receives this child, receives Me”. We are supposed to give of ourselves to those less capable – guide them in their paths. How does this work if you are already a kid? Well – find littler kids and see how you can help them. Be a good friend. Look to see how you can serve them and help them grow – In knowledge – In strength – In Faith.
Jesus wants our path to always try to be the 最伟大的 – not so we can improve our own standing, but to raise up those around us. To make them be the best they can be.
Remember how we were speaking earlier about the Greatest in each category. One of my greatest is a scientist named George Washington Carver. He found more than XNUMX things you could do with peanuts, back in the XNUMXs. There is a nice quote attributed to him.
“当我年轻的时候，我对上帝说，'上帝，告诉我宇宙的奥秘。' 但是上帝回答说，“知识对我来说就是一个人。” 所以我说，'上帝，告诉我花生的神秘面纱。' 然后上帝说，“好吧，乔治，这更接近你的身材。” 他告诉我。“
- 给 他自己解除了他人
- Helps others 增长 在他们的信仰和个人的力量。
- 谁 导游 其他人在敬虔的道路上。