Luke 9:46-50

Dec 22, 2019


Welcome to Catholic Engaged Encounter, a leading organization dedicated to fostering a strong faith and belief system within our community and society. In this sermon, we delve into Luke 9:46-50, an enlightening passage that offers profound insights into our spiritual journey.

The Scripture

Luke 9:46-50 reads:

β€œAn argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, β€˜Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.’”

Exploring the Passage

The Disciples' Argument

This passage begins with an argument among the disciples, revealing their desire for prominence and recognition within Jesus' inner circle. This quest for greatness highlights a common human tendency to desire power and authority.

Jesus' Teachings

In response to the disciples' argument, Jesus uses a simple yet profound demonstration to emphasize a crucial lesson. By bringing a little child forward, Jesus illustrates that true greatness lies in humility, in welcoming and appreciating even the seemingly insignificant.

Welcoming the Little Child

Jesus' statement, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me," emphasizes the importance of embracing a childlike innocence, openness, and vulnerability in our spiritual journey. By humbling ourselves and recognizing the value in each individual, we also welcome Jesus and the divine presence into our lives.

The Greatest among You

Jesus concludes the passage by stating, "For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest." This profound statement challenges society's understanding of greatness and encourages us to prioritize servanthood and selflessness over personal ambition.

Applying the Message

Embracing Humility

The story of Luke 9:46-50 calls us to examine our own hearts and recognize any tendencies towards self-importance or pride. Embracing humility allows us to connect with others on a deeper level and fosters a sense of unity within our community.

Valuing Every Individual

By acknowledging the worth and dignity of every person, regardless of their social status or perceived significance, we embody the teachings of Jesus in our daily lives. Our faith is strengthened as we learn to see the divine in each person we encounter.

Seeking True Greatness

In a world that often values power, wealth, and popularity, Jesus challenges us to redefine our understanding of greatness. True greatness lies in our ability to serve others selflessly and to humbly welcome and value all individuals without discrimination.

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