October 20 Gospel Reading

Luke 9:44 – 50

44 “Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 45 But they did not understand this saying, and it was hidden from them so that they did not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this saying. 46 Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. 47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him, 48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great.” 49 Now John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us.” 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side.”

St. John Chrysostom in his Homily LVIII on Matthew XVIII said:

“He …also set the child in their midst, by the very sight of abashing them, and persuading them to be in like manner lowly and artless, since the little child is pure from envy and from vainglory, and from longing for the first place …Not only courage is wanted then, nor wisdom, but these virtues also: humility I mean, and simplicity …The little child, whether it be insulted and beaten, or honored and glorified, neither is it moved by the one to impatience or envy, nor lifted up by the other …If you yourselves become like this, not only will you receive a great reward, but also if for my sake you honor others who are such, even for your honor to them I appoint you a kingdom as your recompense. Or rather, He sets down what is far greater, saying, ‘he receives Me.’ For by a little child here, He means the men who are in the same way simple and lowly and abject and contemptible in the judgment of the common sort.”

St. Cyprian in his Epistle VI said:

“…let those who follow the Lord humbly and peacefully and silently tread in His steps, since the lower one is, the more exalted he may become; as says the Lord, ‘He that is least among you, the same shall be great.'”

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