"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