Most people…all people probably…are looking for some kind of significance in life. Some would call it “greatness”. Generally greatness is sought in one or more of three ways: recognition (fame, status), riches (security) or relationships (love, sex). Thus, greatness is always measured in terms of what we gain. How high we reach. What we achieve.
But when asked about what it takes to be great, Jesus said that greatness isn’t in what you gain but what you give. His exact words were, “He who is least among you all is the one who is great.” In one line he turns the whole notion of greatness on its head.
That’s what we’ll be looking at in Luke’s Gospel today: a challenging passage about greatness.