The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him.
A man in the crowd called out, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child.
A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him.
I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not."
"O unbelieving and perverse generation,"1 Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here."
Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father.
And they were all amazed at the greatness of God. While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples,
"Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men."2
But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it,3 and they were afraid to ask him about it.
An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.4
Jesus, knowing their thoughts,5 took a little child and had 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.6 For he who is least among you all--he is the greatest."7
"Master,"8 said John, "we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us."
"Do not stop him," Jesus said, "for whoever is not against you is for you."9
As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven,10 Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.11
And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan12 village to get things ready for him;
but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John13 saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them ?"14
But Jesus turned and rebuked them,
and they went to another village.
As they were walking along the road,15 a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go."
Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man16 has no place to lay his head."
He said to another man, "Follow me."17 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."18
Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family."19
Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."