Worry rarely gets us anywhere, but we often can't stop obsessing about things that we know are not important but concern us nonetheless. Whether because our pride gets in the way or our self image is threatened, we find ourselves unsettled and perturbed over matters that we can't control.
Jesus warns his disciples and us about this. The leaders of the Jewish community, like so many people with a little bit of power, cling stubbornly to their interpretation of the law for fear they will lose their influence over their people. Forgetting that the Law's purpose is to remind Jews of God's largess, they argue among themselves about how to maintain control of the community. When Jesus' followers argued about who was the greatest, he challenged them to be like children and take the lowest place. Only in this way would they be able to demonstrate that they were his disciples.
Today, ask for the gift of true humility.
What do you think are the qualities of a Christian leader?