Gospel: Mark 9:30-37

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

Jesus and the disciples left that district and began a journey through Galilee, but Jesus did not want anyone to know about it.  He was teaching the disciples in this vein: “The Promised One is going to be delivered into the hands of those who will put him to death; three days later he will rise.”  Though they failed to understand these words, they were afraid to question him.

They returned to Capernaum and Jesus, once inside the house, began to ask them, “What were you discussing on the way home?”  At this they fell silent, for on the way they had been arguing about who among them was the most important. So Jesus sat down and called the Twelve over and said, “If any of you wants to be first, you must remain the last one of all and be at the service of all.”  Then Jesus brought a little child into their midst and, putting his arm around the child, said to them, “Whoever welcomes a child such as this for my sake welcomes me.  And whoever welcomes me welcomes not me, but the One who sent me.”

The Good News as spoken through Mark.