Reflection on Matthew 18:1-5, 10 ~
The world entices us with convenience, pleasures of all types, a desire to possess and with the feeling that conditionally based love is normal. It is virtually impossible to not want the worldly goods and services that define us as great if we have them. If we become innocent like a child and willing turn to Jesus then we can know unconditional love and a new definition of great. To openly welcome what He offers provides us with an example of how to humbly bow down to the height of a child before others.
Matthew 18 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
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.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 18:1-5, 10.