A Homily – Mark 9:30-37 ©

The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.09.23

Walk with Humility

In the gospel reading for today we get an unabridged view of the Way, Jesus preached it, as he lived it and taught it.

He knew that his disciples struggled, as all people do, with social order and pride of place. They were obsessed with hierarchies, and privilege.

Jesus had to constantly remind them that leadership meant service, that we are closes to God in the loving service we provide to one another.

There is no place for pride, or arrogance in office when you are walking in the Way.

There is no mystery here.

This is the simple truth.

The injunction that Jesus gives them goes beyond the acceptance of children, the command to treat them as if they were in the presence of God. Place this in the context of everything that Jesus teaches on humility and service.

He tell us over and over again, that the first must be last and the last must be first.

Women cannot be relegated to the back of the Church.

There are no outcasts in the God’s garden; the leper will be kissed and healed.

The image of God is present in the child, and the image of God is God’s fullness.

The image of God is also present in prisoner, the guilty and the innocent alike.

In the Way that Jesus lived his life, he showed us that everyone had to be treated with the same loving regard; from the lowest born child to the highest ranking officer, friend and enemy alike.
Anyone Who Welcomes One of these Little Children in My Name Welcomes Me

Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him.

They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-six, Servant; Chapter Seven, Convert

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 266, Sunday
September 23rd, 2018

Chapter Seven: Convert

In that moment when he lost everything, when he was forced to watch the Imperial torturers grinding the life from the few people he held dear, he began to doubt his commitment to his ideals.

He felt a deep sense of shame for having brought so many loyal people to death and misery.

What had he been fighting for if not for them?

The quest they had been on was always destined to fail, all of his victories in battle, they were nothing more than vanities.

As they lit his flesh on fire and his body began to burn, he did not give into pain but he relented, he saw the errors of the path he had taken, and he silently begged for forgiveness.

The Continuum perceived his thoughts. It read his body language and the movement of his lips.

Continuum knew everything.

It transmitted everything that was transpiring directly into the Collective, the majority of the members were absorbed with it, his story had been the most engrossing narrative that any of them had witnessed in ages.

The Empire also broadcast the execution as a live stream throughout the million worlds.

Time itself seemed to stop as the rebel’s body burned in a splendid fountain of light and color.

The medical examiners came in to look at the charred remains, to examine them and confirm his death, and then a miracle happened.

Continuum restored the rebel to life, it put a doppleganger in place of the dead husk, the type of body used by the observers, only modified and enhanced, it wanted him as an idol, a superstar for the ages.

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