The first shall be servant to all.

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INTRODUCTION

At Catholic Mass,  September 19 Mark 9,30-37 is read. Jesus tells that the last on earth shall be first for God. The Catholic church never wanted these words to be spread. I wonder what the Pope Francis, will say about this today at his Angelus.

INDEX

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The texts

( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from 
https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/_INDEX.HTM
Gospel texts below are copied from christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Mark 9,30-37 says:

9:30They went out from there, and passed through Galilee. He didn’t want anyone to know it.
9:31 For he was teaching his
disciples, and said to them, “The Son of Man is being handed over to the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, on the third day he will rise again.”
9:32 But they didn’t understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.
9:33 He came to Capernaum, and when he
was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing among yourselves on the way?”
9:34 But they were silent, for they had disputed one with another on the way
about who was the greatest.
9:35 He sat down, and called the twelve and he said to them, “If any man wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.”
9:36 He took a little child, and set
him in their midst. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,
9:37 “Whoever receives one
such little child in my name, receives me, and whoever receives me, doesn’t receive me, but him who sent me.”

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The message

9:35 He sat down, and called the twelve;
and he said to them, “If any man wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.”
9:36 He took a little child, and set
him in their midst. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,
9:37 “Whoever receives one
such little child in my name, receives me, and whoever receives me, doesn’t receive me, but him who sent me. Pope Francis said that the children in the text symbolize the weak humans who need our help. Listen below.

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conclusion

Like it is hard to follow Jesus’ commandments (love your enemy, etc) so it is to be last on earth. Many clerics had great difficulties during the last millenia, following Jesus. They even could not follow Moses’ “do not kill” during the first centennia.

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