The Gospel revealed to the childlike

James Tissot, 1836-1902 Suffer the Little Children to Come unto Me

To the twelve, who along the way had been discussing who the greatest among them was, Jesus instructed them that “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all”.
Putting aside all ambition, the Apostles must remain behind each other, as if they were the last one, and not attempt to pass in front.
Conscious that they had received authority not for themselves but for the common good, they must submit to each other, like servants, and not seek to place themselves above the others.
The way of all authoritarianism and all privilege! They will be great only when, following the example of Jesus who made them participants in their own power, they aid their brothers in carrying out for the common good the commission entrusted to them.

Adinolfi-Bruzzone, Viaggio del cuore in Terra Santa, Piemme, Avellino, 2000, p. 51.

Whoever wishes to reach the peak of the Divinity, let him seek the most profound humility; whoever wishes to outdo his brother in the kingdom, let him first outdo him in showing respect, as the Apostle says: outdoing one another in showing honor (Rom 12:10), they outdo them in serving, in order to outdo them in holiness.


Massimo da Torino, sermoni 48, 1-2.

The Gospel revealed to the childlike