Twenty Sixth Week in Ordinary
Gospel: Lk 9: 46-50
An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” Then John said in reply, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow in our company.” Jesus said to him, “Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”
CHILDREN THE LEAST OF ALL: Children are the centre of today’s readings. We see in the first reading Zachariah picturing the city of Jerusalem with boys and girls playing in the streets. In the gospel, Jesus, when teaching about the Kingdom of God, brings in children. Children quarrel but forget fast. After the argument of the disciples on who is the greatest, Jesus tells them that welcoming a child is welcoming Jesus/God. Also, Jesus shows them that in the Kingdom of God, all are equal. In our families, children are the lowest. To be a child is to be vulnerable. As St. Vincent De Paul showed us when he was serving the poor whole-heartedly, let us humble ourselves to serve the lowest in society for this is true religion.
PRAYER: Lord, enlighten our hearts to love the poor as St. Vincent de Paul deed.
SIGNS OF FRUSTRATION: Daily nation newspaper of Kenya carried a shocking news on 4th January 2018 that a whole family with three committed suicide setting fire on themselves. We were told that one of the reasons for the suicide was the frustration in family life. “Even if this should seem impossible in the eyes of the remnant of this people, shall it in those days be impossible in my eyes also, says the Lord of hosts?” (Zec 8:6). The Israelites got frustrated and discouraged themselves because of their inability to rebuild the Jerusalem temple which was destroyed, and they forget that nothing is impossible for the almighty God (Lk 1:37). Whenever we encounter any problem in our lives we forget the power of the Almighty and we try to solve them through human means Jesus Christ is the answer for the problems of life. To strengthen our faith and hope in God each Christian has to encounter Him not only in prayer and reading the Word of God daily, but also in receiving the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation.