Thursday, December 10, 2015

Reflection: Matthew 11:11-15

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent – Matthew 11:11-15

Jesus continues preaching to the crowds today.  He is speaking of John the Baptist, his cousin.  Jesus tells the people that no one has been born who is greater than John.  Yet Jesus follows this statement by saying that the “least one” in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than John.  

Who is the “least” among us?  Who is the least in our world, town, city or family?  Do we truly “see” these individuals or are they simply part of the background of our lives?  Typically, it is more comfortable for us to “see” only what we want to see.  It may be natural for us to try and block out what is painful, uncomfortable or difficult.  
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus sees the lost and the “least.”  He not only sees these individuals, he is attentive and present to them.  Typically He gives them His full attention and care.  Jesus longs for us to have eyes and hearts that see the “little ones,” the “least” in our world.  Do we look for them?  Are we attentive to them?  Do we reach out and help them in some way?  

Today may we pray to have eyes to truly see and attend to the poor, the little ones and the least.  And may we ask God to grace us with the gift of compassion.  May we strive to help and console them in some way.  It may be as simple as spending a few minutes with an individual or truly “seeing” or listening to them or helping them in some small way.  These acts may seem insignificant to us.  However, to the other person it may be a great gift! 

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