Today we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in front of them an actual flesh-and-blood child. We are called to welcome the particular children God puts in front of us, to make room for them in daily interaction, and to give them a place of honor in the assembly.


O God, our teacher and guide, you draw us to yourself and welcome us as beloved children. Help us to lay aside all envy and selfish ambition, that we may walk in your ways of wisdom and understanding as servants of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 54
James 3:13–4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

This Weeks Readings

Sunday, September 23, 2018
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Monday2 Kings 5:1-14
James 4:8-17
Isaiah 139:1-18
Tuesday2 Kings 11:21-12:16
James 5:1-6
Isaiah 139:1-18
WednesdayJeremiah 1:4-10
John 8:21-38
Isaiah 139:1-18
ThursdayExodus 18:13-27
Acts 4:13-31
Psalm 19:7-14
FridayDeuteronomy 1:1-18
Acts 12:20-25
Psalm 19:7-14
SaturdayDeuteronomy 27:1-10
Matthew 5:13-20
Psalm 19:7-14
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