James goes on to say that wisdom is from above and is pure; peaceable, gentle and full of mercy and is sincere.
In the Gospel Jesus catches the disciples in a moment of jealousy and selfish ambition, arguing amongst themselves who was most important, who was the greatest of the group.
He called them together and took a child, understand- ing that children were of the most vulnerable class and had no social status, and he told them that we must stop striving to be first, or to be the greatest and the most recognized.
We must rather focus on welcoming the poor, the vulnerable, the outcast and the weak, like the child, then
we welcome him, and we welcome the One who sent him! In
Last week’s Gospel Jesus told them that unless they were willing to lose their lives for him and for the sake of the Gospel, they would not save their lives. Today we hear that by reaching out to “the other” we save our lives.
Jesus calls us to refocus our lives not on ourselves but on the poor and the vulnerable. Jesus calls us to look at the world with different eyes, with “Gospel eyes”, to see the world as God sees it, to love the world as God loves it. To love our neighbor as ourselves. And the reality is that “all people” are our neighbors!
And so I believe that I need to ask myself what part of my world view could use a Gospel shift? What personal ambitions might I need to let go of or modify to live a more Gospel centered life? Who is the most vulnerable person in my life right now, that I can reach out to let them know they are deeply and passionately loved by God and are not alone in this world...and how can I help manifest that love?