Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Reflection: Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 (20th Week of Ordinary Time)
In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls a child forth in response to the disciples’ question: “Who is the greatest in the kingdom?” As he often does, Jesus does not respond directly to their question. Instead, he calls a child over and tells them that if they want to enter the kingdom of heaven, they must be like this child! Did the disciples understand what Jesus meant? I doubt it!
Perhaps we need to ask ourselves: how do we need to be like a child? Jesus is not telling us to be “childish,” but to be “childlike!” What does this truly mean? What characteristics did Jesus associate with a child? What “childlike qualities” does Jesus want us to nurture? We can learn a great deal from children. They are “just who they are” – and that is enough! Let us also trust that this is what Jesus desires of us!