Daily Reflection for Wednesday, October 2, 2019
|Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Nehemiah 2:1-8
Responsorial: Psalm 137:1-6
Gospel: Matthew 18:1-5, 10
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
Today’s Gospel teaches us a surprising lesson about Christian discipleship. It begins with the declaration that greatness in the kingdom of heaven is measured by childlikeness. These verses warn that disciples must take care not to cause the little ones to sin nor to neglect them if they stray from the community. In answering the question of the disciples, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” Jesus called a child over and held up the child up as a model. This showed the disciples the child’s entire dependence and trust in parents.
Matthew is telling us to have total trust—to be meek and humble—to give Jesus total control.
Working with children during our careers created an awareness of how the young placed confidence in us. Many times, I wondered how students must feel, what expectations they might have of me and of the class. On most days, students would come early awaiting entrance into the classroom. I asked, “Why so early?” They replied that they felt safe and protected. Isn’t that what Christ is asking of us? Can we let the young be our “model” to show us how to trust?
Jesus is telling us to become childlike—pure, trusting, sincere, and spontaneous. As a child we had someone take our hand, guide us, help us, and encourage us. Think of that person or persons as Jesus. We followed obediently in trust and in peace.
Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic song, You’ll Never Walk Alone gives us courage in times of trouble. It reminds us that Jesus is with us--encouraging us, rallying us, and advocating for us. We can know that Christ is with us always. It is up to us to take his hand. Yes, “Amen, I say to you unless you turn and become like children . . .”
May we trust Christ,
Dorothy and Carlos Alexander