“UNLESS YOU TURN AND BECOME LIKE CHILDREN, YOU WILL NEVER ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 18:3)
⏰Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (13 August 2019)
📖Deut 31:1-8; Deut 32:3-4ab, 7, 8, 9 and 12 (R.v.9a); Matt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
🎤”UNLESS YOU TURN AND BECOME LIKE CHILDREN, YOU WILL NEVER ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 18:3)
My dear, yesterday, we concluded our reflection with a call to participate effectively in Jesus’ mission of setting others free. We cannot really do that without humility and simplicity, the type often associated with children. That is the message that Jesus gives us in Matt 18:1-14.
Notice his progression from the use of children (cf. Matt 18:3, 5) to the use of little ones (cf. Matt 18:6, 10, 14). With that, he shows that his call to us to be like children is a call to self-emptying, simply and total detachment from worldly affairs just like children who surrenders all concerns into the hands of their parents and guardians.
That was a matter that formed the life of Moses. Firstly, he was not attached to the worldly power as some of rulers do today. He was able to hand over the baton when he knew that he would no longer be able to carry out his duties effectively (cf. Deut 31:3).
Secondly, he trusted that God is with them and would do all things well for them. And so, they should have no fear (Deut 31:6-8).
Indeed, one with God is majority. So I encourage you today to free your mind of every attachment of this world and follow God. He is more than capable to do all things for you.
May your faith in him be ever stronger, and his blessing upon you be abundant. Amen.
Have a lovely day ahead. Peace be with you.