Today we see that the disciples were arguing about which of them was the greatest.
It can be surprising for us to see that saints argue, and especially about something so petty and vain. After all, these are the men Jesus chose from all time and all places, to spread the Gospel.
This can also be kind of refreshing for us however. We see firstly that saints make mistakes too, to err is indeed human, and they were firstly human beings. Secondly, we also see that becoming a saint isn’t maybe, as out of our grasp, as we perhaps think. God knows that we all fall, and He still wills that we keep trying, and that we all become saints.
Jesus teaches the disciples that they have the wrong idea of greatness. Perhaps they think the most intelligent is the greatest, or the most athletic, or the strongest is the greatest, or the best preacher, or the funniest, etc.?
Jesus says that the greatest is in fact the least, or the most humble. Isaiah tells us how awesome and powerful God is, but that God’s eyes are drawn to the person of humble and contrite heart. This is the person who draws God’s attention.
The greatest example of this was Our Lady. We see this when she visits her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth lavishes praise on her for being the Mother of God “blessed are you amongst woman.” Mary is humble however and knows she deserves no credit, that this is all God’s doing, and she says “my soul glorifies the Lord.”
Mary understood her total and utter dependence on God, and how good and full of love He is. She only wanted to do God’s will as she understood it is the will of Love, and therefore she trusted it as the best path.
May the Blessed Virgin Mary help us here today to understand what true greatness is. AMEN