Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 Reflection ~
The world entices us with convenience, pleasures of all types, the desire to possess, and a different definition of love than we knew when we were innocent. To me the parable of the lost sheep is reversed in today’s world, as the ninety-nine seem lost, not the one. It is virtually impossible to not want what the ninety-nine have, unless like a child we are willing turn to Jesus to speak in our human voice “here I am Lord.” The path to this innocence includes a desire to allow Jesus to find you.
Matthew 18 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
1 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. 12 What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14