TO BE LAST AND TO RECIEVE A CHILD

Bryan and Estrella, Indonesian Catholica Community´s altar servers, New York
Bryan and Estrella, Indonesian Catholica Community´s altar servers, New York

Living the faith is our way of walking with all the joys and sorrows we had. Our faith with all our prayers constantly assures us that we are not abandoned, the Lord God, faithfully walking with us. We believe that His grace flowing from the sacraments is a real gift to us while we are still living here on earth.
Mark the evangelist, is presenting Jesus as a servant who is embracing His life, ending with His embracing of His cross and death. As easy as it is to welcome one little child into ones arms, a true follower of Jesus is to welcome the implications of that vocation. Jesus was available, welcoming and embracing of all the persons and events of His life including His welcoming of His death. The “child” becomes a convenient symbol of life and those who would be first of all, must let go of the importance of being first and so be last in the formation of our being to the infinite being with God, the one who was in the highest with God the Father, has left himself and come to us for our salvation and the salvation in it’s fullness.
One thing important here, is why Jesus has separate his disciples from the crowds when He speak to be the last and to receive a child? The matter that Jesus has to speak is the basic one. To be humble, to be able to serve and love others accordingly and to be faithful disciples of Jesus means one must try to be the last, to forget his ego and to be ready to serve. Because like Jesus, who emptied Himself for us and who is rich and powerful has to leave all that for us, we to try to be the last and receive the virtues of a little child within our hearts. What are the virtues? Let us a child that we can see the peace; he has no war within his or her heart. Another virtue you can see in a child: the truth. He or she will speak clearly according to their pure heart. We can find many virtues, but the time will not allow us. It is recommended to see it in our daily life.
Let us take the lesson from Christ words today:

” And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them, «Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.» ”
Jesus asks us to be the last and to receive a little child. Jesus always be a sign of contradictions. When we try to be rich, when we try to be great, when we try to be the first, when we try to be important, Jesus come and said: better to be the last and it is good to learn how to receive a little child.
«If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.» ”
Here Jesus does not condemn the desire to be first. Is Jesus himself not the Head of the Church, the firstborn of a multitude of brothers? Jesus did indeed have the desire to be the first, for God wanted it to be so: the first for doing well and the first to love. And by that reason, he did nothing against those who brought him down to the lowest rank, putting him on the same level as bandits and criminals. “Being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.” (Phil. 2:8-9)

” And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them, «Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.» ”
The child about whom Jesus speaks is an image. This is another important idea. Jesus uses this comparison to introduce the reality of his mission on earth: that of being the representative of the Father to human being. So he or she who receives a little child in the name of Jesus is not receiving a child, but rather Jesus himself. Certainly, the child is not really Jesus, but could be the image of Jesus. And Jesus is truly one God with his Father: thus, when we receive Jesus, it is truly the Father whom we receive. Remember that Jesus had told us: “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” Let us invite Jesus to stay with us in this Eucharist and in our hearts and our daily life.