Faith Daily | 27 September 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p586
you declare your almighty power
chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant us such a measure of your grace
that, running in the way of your commandments,
we may obtain your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 9: 46-50
46 An argument arose among them as to which one of them was the greatest. 47But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, took a little child and put it by his side, 48and said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.’
49 John answered, ‘Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.’ 50But Jesus said to him, ‘Do not stop him; for whoever is not against you is for you.’
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Rev'd David
The disciples are arguing about who of them is the greatest. No doubt they were stopped in their tracks by Jesus’ words “Whoever is the least among you is the greatest” (Luke 9:48)
The disciples are undergoing formation as they travel with Jesus, and at the heart of that is that they must stop considering things the way the world does. Here, the most important thing they must learn is the practice of Christian humility.
There is no doubt that Jesus is the greatest example and the greatest teacher about humility in human history. And there is no doubt that we and all followers of Jesus are in constant need of growing to understand more and more of the practice of the humility that our Lord taught and modelled.
The world says we need to be self-sufficient, self-assured, and feel good about ourselves. But the Bible says we need to be humble. In Philippians 2:3 St Paul instructs us “Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves”, and in Colossians 3:12 he instructs us to clothe ourselves with humility.
Here are two quotes that encapsulate the heart of the meaning of Christian humility:
“I am persuaded that love and humility are the highest attainments in the school of Christ and the brightest evidences that He is indeed our Master” (John Newton)
“Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself one way or the other at all”. (Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple)
One verse from Holy Scripture that I have learned and often quote always takes me to the heart of Christian humility “You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that by His poverty He could make you rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9 NLT)
FINAL PRAYER: APBA - 535
Father of all, who gave your only- begotten Son to take upon Himself the form of a servant,
and to be obedient even to death on a cross, give us the same mind that was in Christ Jesus,
that, sharing in His humility, we may come to be with Him in His glory, where He lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (APBA: 535)