Gospel: Mt 18: 1-5. 10
The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me. “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”
THE KINGDOM OF GOD: In the first reading, Baruch shows how the Israelites angered God by offering sacrifices to gods. As a result, they were taken into captivity. God tells them to seek Him ten times and He will save them. In the Gospel, Jesus tells His disciples that unless they turn and become like children, they will not enter the Kingdom of God. He further shows that we receive Him when we receive a child. Jesus is pleased with children because of their genuineness and are guided by their angles. To be like a child means to be independent for the Lord as well as to live an innocent life. A Christian must believe in the Lord in order to cherish the gifts of the Kingdom of God. May we be humble like children as we wait to inherit Eternal Life.
PRAYER: Good Lord, may we grow up and live with childlike dependence.
GOD IS BY YOUR SIDE: Throughout our life, God the Father is ys by our side. Fulfilling his will in our lives is possible because God is provident. He puts next to us the right people at the right time, gives us the necessary wisdom to take the right options and enough strength to continue our journey when we feel exhausted. God is provident and his angel walks in front of us. You can recall those moments of your life when you did not know what to do and, suddenly, someone appeared and gave you light, or something unexpected happened that helped you find the right path. Some may call it coincidence; we call it providence. We are not left alone; God’s company is always beside us guiding us.