The first Sunday in Lent moves us into a new section of Mark's Gospel, one where Jesus teaches us "What's NOT in His Kingdom." Our passage this Sunday, Mark 9:33-37, shows us that pride has no place in Jesus' presence.
I doubt any of us have come as close to the top of our professions as Muhammad Ali did in his, but we are still not so different from him. The same pride which Ali showed in his boasts and his cruel denigration of opponents dwells within us, desperate to be recognized and honored.
Therefore, let us come together this Sunday before Jesus, the only great one, who can free us from our pride and crown us with glory that will never fade.