Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:1-5,10,12-14 – NINETEENTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Tuesday, 14 August 2018
We are fortunate that the disciples asked Jesus the question, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Jesus’ answer is delightfully refreshing, so spontaneous and so revealing of His heart of love. Jesus indicates to us qualities which are endearing to Him.
He begins by telling His disciples that they must ‘change’ and become like ‘little children’. This is a call to us who may be too preoccupied with the pursuit of personal gain to alter (change) the direction of our life. We need to re-learn child-like qualities. The humility of the child enables him to be content with the simple things of life, not to complete or compare himself with others and not to take offence. The child has no malice and is open and trusting. Such should be our trust in our heavenly Father. Another characteristic is the ability to marvel and be surprised by the little wonders of life.
To Jesus, every individua is important. Jesus thinks in terms of each person. Such should be the attitude of His disciples. No one is unimportant … the child, the lonely, the helpless, the marginalized. May we learn from them even as we try to minister to them.
Let us ask Lord Jesus to create a child-like heart as well as to put a humble and trusting spirit within each and every one of us.
Jakarta, 14 August 2018
A Christian Pilgrim