An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.
Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and made him stand beside him. Then he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it’s the one who’s least among you all who is the greatest.’
‘Master,’ said John, ‘we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he’s not one of us.’
‘Don’ot stop him,’ Jesus said, ‘for whoever is not against you is for you.’
As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there didn’t welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, ‘Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?’
But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Then he and his disciples went to another village.
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, ‘I’ll follow you wherever you go.’
Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’
He said to another man, ‘Follow me.’
But the man replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’
Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’
Still another said, ‘I’ll follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.’
Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’