Humility – Reflection on Matthew 18:1-5, 10 ~
From a spiritual distance, I have witnessed various holy people’s humility. In Jesus’s name, they have all become, as in today’s reading, part of the community raising the lowest up. Worldliness can draw us away from wanting to become like Jesus’s example of children. This is especially difficult for wealthy people who are sometimes linked to capitalism and free markets, so there is a belief they have no compassion. However, the movement to become like a child is possible. I have seen significant generosity of time, talent, and treasures from wealthy people. They are participating in the rebalance of humility, selfishness, and greed so that loving God and neighbor comes first. Transformations that Jesus suggests are occurring from the heart. My observation is that people who can help those less fortunate can become humble when God is gently introduced into their lives.
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Matthew 18:1-5, 10 – Scripture*
18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a child, whom he put among them, 3 and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
10 “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven.
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Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
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