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Mark 9:37 Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.
Jesus shows his friends and all of us that he understands their argument, and puts it to rest by giving them the example of offering hospitality to a child. How we welcome the most vulnerable and powerless members of society is the measure of the welcome given to Jesus and the One who makes us one. The argument cannot be about pride of place in line but rather about treating others with sacrificial love and abundant grace.
MOVING FORWARD: Outside of your relationship with Jesus, who has shown you sacrificial love and abundant grace? How has this changed you?