Tuesday of the 19th Week of the Year

Matt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

The Greatest in the Kingdom

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

It comes as no surprise to many that the Church has chosen St. Therese of the Child Jesus as the millennial saint. When Mother Teresa of Calcutta was asked about the saint after whom she was named, she unhesitatingly answered: “After little Teresa, not the big one.”

In this life most of us desire the best and the largest share of the proverbial pie. We fight for positions and treasures; we love to occupy the places of honor. We want to be big rather than small, to be high rather than humble and lowly. This explains our crab mentality as a people; we  so we tend to pull them down.

Today’s gospel is preaching the opposite of our natural inclination. Jesus, in this text, is teaching us to be like little children and to learn the Little Way of our millennial saint, Therese of Lisieux. Unless we become like these little ones, we shall not be able to enter our Father’s home. (Bro. Romy Abulad, SVD Bible Diary 2002)

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Simper Fidelis (always faithful) should be special motto enshrined in the heart of every Christian! In our modern times, many husbands are not always faithful to their wives, and wives are sometimes not really faithful to their husbands, as observed in the courts of law. If we want to be real followers of Christ, then let us be faithful to Him at all times. Without faithfulness we cannot be open to hearing His own message.

The disciples in today’s gospel were most likely arguing among themselves about who was going to be of great importance in heaven. Obviously, they had no idea at all what the Kingdom of Heaven was all about. Well, Jesus calls over a child and tells them: that they must become like little children, if they want to achieve greatness in heaven.

Jesus, however, did not say “act like a child.” He wants us to have fidelity, simplicity and childlike trust in God. we are to trust without hesitation, like the trust of the child towards his parents. By assuming the trust of children, we would be role models for others.

Faithfulness and childlike trust became the hallmark in the lives of the apostles and martyrs of the church.

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein, August 9), although intellectually brilliant, remained simple, natural and even maternal. She was simplicity and naturalness personified. She is one of a kind, but we are definitely called upon also to be role models for other people.

It’s all up to us to make sure that by witnessing we teach people the truths of our faith and show them right from wrong. In the final analysis, there is no substitute for being faithful and trustful witnesses to Jesus Christ and His gospel! (Fr. Gene Bacareza, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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My experience as school director of Colegio de San Sebastian in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro is one I cherish. I was also the parish priest of that town whose geographical extent is compared to the size of Cavite province. Supervising a school and a parish was quite demanding. I found out soon that the presence of the school children who were very friendly and affectionate can do a lot to ease tensions in one’s psyche. I enjoyed their company for they made me feel relaxed. During their break times many would hang out in my office and in their innocent inquisitiveness try to get to know me better. They provided for me a welcome distraction and made me forget my problems for awhile.

I also came to know better their parents and their family situations. Concern for their well-being and their future provided some push for me to exert more effort in the school and parish. The children somehow inspired me to do better because I wanted everything good for them; “whose angels in heaven always look upon the face of our heavenly Father.”

We priests do not have kids of our own but we become something like surrogate parents to their children under our care. Interacting with them always remind us of the traits considered the greatest in the kingdom: complete trust and confidence in the Loving Father. S child reminds us that in spite of our achievements and knowledge, there are still many things we cannot control, against which we can be helpless like a child. A child reminds us that we are still small and powerless. The carefree attitude of a child at play reminds us to go through life full of confidence and without worries. This becomes possible when we are fully convinced that there is a loving father who watches over us and who never leads us to perdition.

It is good to have children around because they remind us that we were once children. When we are overwhelmed with the pressures of work and the tensions of life we easily forget the basic attitudes that we should always carry: don’t worry, be happy, because we are all children of a loving Father. (Fr. Gil Alejandria, SVD Bible Diary 2007)

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One Sunday morning a faithful Sunday school teacher was teaching her class of boys about heaven. She asked the question, “Where is heaven?” And one happy boy replied, “It is in our home since my Daddy became a Christian.”

From the mouth of babes truly come heavenly treasures of wisdom. Jesus’ reference to a child as the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven reminds us adults of the real disposition one ought to have to be worthy of God’s reign. First, Jesus mentions that one has to turn from a present orientation to one that is characterized by childlike simplicity and humility. It is simply a demand for conversion from focusing on “fulfilment of personal ambition, acquisition of personal power, enjoyment of personal prestige,, the exaltation of self” to forgetting self, spending oneself for service and not for power.” Secondly, Jesus warns us never to hinder or lead astray anyone of these little ones as this would spell disaster for us who do so. This shows us how much Jesus put the greatest importance to purity of heart and humility of disposition. Next time aim for lowliest that God may stoop down and raise you up and remain humble that God may find in you a mirror of Jesus who has given up everything for the sake of our heavenly Father. (Fr. Jose Caballes, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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August 9, 2016 Tuesday

On a recent trip to Haiti I was amazed at the way girls (elementary to high school) dress themselves for school. Their get-up is not complete unless their braids have ribbons in different colors. They go in groups so that watching them pass by our hotel was like watching a real parade of colors.  A very delightful and refreshing sight indeed! There were also children who had to be cajoled or even literally pulled by parents to go to school.

Yes, children… They can be bundles of joy or rough clays to be molded. They cannot be ignored and should not be. The Lord compared the Kingdom of Heaven to these children! The comparison could mean that the Kingdom is attractive and delightful. But it has also its challenges and demands.

These cannot be ignored and should not be.  We are called to usher in the Kingdom, nay, to see and experience it in our midst. Those children with their beautiful braids, or with their tantrums, are reminders of God’s Kingdom. After all, weren’t they created in the image and likeness of God? Let us welcome them! Let us also continue to mold them so that their dignity and beauty as the face of the Kingdom may shine through! (Fr. Victor Yparraguirre, SVD Taiwan, ROC Bible Diary 2016)

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ANGELS AND CHILDREN: Children represent the sector of society that is weak and dependent on others. The Lord tells us to do two things: first, welcome the weak, welcome the dependent, welcome those who cannot live by themselves into our hearts. But second, be like them. Be ready to be weak, be ready to be dependent, be ready to become like little children.

What does the Feast of Guardian Angels say to us? Guardian Angels are usually associated with angels. Unfortunately, many of us start to discard our guardian angels when we discover Santa Claus.

But Santa Claus is not the same as our guardian angels. While Santa Claus maybe fictional, guardian angels are not fairy tales. They do not belong to the world of Cinderella and Jack and the Bean Stalk. Guardian angels are reality in our lives.

What does it mean for us today as we remember the guardian angels let us refer to the two things we must do in relation to children. First, we must imitate them. Second we must be like them.

In relation to guardian angels, we also have two lessons. First, we must imitate them, we must follow their examples. Second, we must accept as our protectors.

The sad thing, brothers and sisters is, sometimes, we can become too independent because we think we can live without people. sometimes we can even think we can live without God.

On the Feast of Guardian Angels, we are being asked two things: That, we take care of one another and that we be ready to accept one another’s care for us. (Bp. Soc Villegas, DD Love Like Jesus pp. 194-195)

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v. 12: “Will he not leave the 99 in the hills and go in search of the stray?” God doesn’t play with the numbers game. One or many, God remembers each of us as important as everyone. He undergoes the pain of searching even just for ‘one’ who is lost. He won’t give up on us. We are His (Fr. Ching OP).

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Tuesday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time (Year C) – Mateo 18:1-5,10,12-14. Kinsa man ang gipasabot ni Jesus nga sama sa “mga bata”, nga maoy labing halangdon sa mata sa Dios? Una, ang “mga bata” mao ang mga tawo nga labing nanginahanglan og tabang. Sila ang mga kabos, walay trabaho, masakiton, inosente, ug walay tingog sa katilingban. Kon ato silang tagdon ug tabangan, tabla ra nga atong gidawat si Cristo. Ikaduha, ang “mga bata” mao ang mga tawo nga mapaubsanon ug wala mangandoy nga daygon sa katawhan. Nasayod sila nga ang tanan nga ilang nakab-ot bunga sa kalooy sa Dios. Ug sa katapusan, ang “mga bata” mao ang mga tawo nga kanunay nagasalig sa Ginoo. Kada adlaw mag-ampo sila tungod kay nasayod sila nga kon wala ang Dios wala silay mahimo (Fr. Abet Uy).

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TUESDAY OF THE 19TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) – MATEO 18:1-5,10,12-14. Kinsa man ang gipasabot ni Jesus nga sama sa “mga bata”, nga maoy labing halangdon sa mga mata sa Dios? Una, ang “mga bata” mao ang mga tawo nga labing nanginahanglan og tabang. Sila ang mga kabos, walay trabaho, masakiton, inosente, ug walay tingog sa katilingban. Kon ato silang tagdon ug tabangan, sama ra nga atong gidawat ug giatiman si Kristo. Ikaduha, ang “mga bata” mao ang mga tawo nga mapaubsanon ug wala mangandoy nga daygon sa katawhan. Nasayod sila nga ang tanan nga ilang nakab-ot bunga sa lihok ug grasya sa Dios. Ug sa katapusan, ang “mga bata” mao ang mga tawo nga kanunay nagasalig sa Ginoo. Kada adlaw mag-ampo sila tungod kay nasayod sila nga kon wala ang Ginoo wala silay mahimo. Posted by Abet Uy

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

TUESDAY OF THE 19TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – MATEO 18:1-5,10,12-14. KINSA MAN ANG GIPASABOT NI HESUS NGA SAMA SA “MGA BATA”, NGA MAOY LABING HALANGDON SA MGA MATA SA DIOS? Una, ang sama sa mga bata mao ang mga tawo nga labing nanginahanglan og tabang. Sila ang mga kabos, walay trabaho, masakiton, inosente, ug walay tingog sa katilingban. Kon ato silang tagdon ug tabangan, sama ra nga atong gidawat ug giatiman si Kristo. Ug ikaduha, ang sama sa mga bata mao ang mga tawo nga mapaubsanon, mapailobon, ug wala mangandoy nga daygon. Nasayod sila nga ang tanan nga ilang naangkon bunga sa lihok sa Dios, ug nga ang Dios lamang ang angay’ng pasidunggan. Kada adlaw mag-ampo sila tungod kay nasayod sila nga kon wala ang Dios wala silay mahimo. Sakto ang giingon: “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”Posted by Abet Uy

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Reflection for Tuesday August 12, Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 Reflection: Many of us if not all of us put premium in recognition.  For example we love it when people recognize our effort and when they commend us for what we do. We nod in approval and deep inside us we feel that we are great already for the recognition that we have received.

In our gospel the disciples asked Jesus about who is the greatest in His kingdom. In reply to their question Jesus called a child and told them, “Unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.” Jesus obviously did this to teach His disciples about the great virtue of humility.

Perhaps Jesus was telling Himself, did they follow me because they want to be great in my kingdom? Did they follow me for the reason that they want to be recognized? Don’t they know that to follow me is the beginning of forgetting of oneself and any personal agenda/s? Don’t they know that the true essence of discipleship lies in humility?

Many of us today are like the disciples, we want greatness and recognition for the things that we do for the church and our fellowmen. But God did not made us to be great and to be recognized we were made by God to be humble.

Therefore, in whatever that we do; be it in church or in our community let us not aspire to be great or to be recognized. Let us humbly do what we have to do, for this is what Jesus wants us to do.

Let us not worry about recognition, greatness and honor for it will eventually come. Once we humbly do everything for the greater glory of God and not for our own glorification. – mjdasma   Posted by: Marino J. Dasmarinas

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Reflection for August 11, Tuesday Saint Claire, Virgin: Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

 Reflection: A rebellious young lady has five children from five different men. She tried every sin that this world could offer her. There was no sign of repentance in her heart she continued to sin like it was breakfast in the morning. Her relative had already given up on her so they let her live her sinful life.

In the gospel Jesus speaks about searching for the lost sheep and searching for those who stray no matter where they are. Unlike us who often times give up on those who do not listen to us. Jesus doesn’t give up, He continuously search for those who sin or those who are lost. No sin is too big for the merciful heart of Jesus.

Each and every one of us are precious in the eyes of God, He holds us dearly in His loving heart. No matter if we are big time or small time sinners we are all precious in His eyes.

In so many ways the gospel invites us to self-reflection on how we feel towards those who sin. Have we already given up on them because they don’t listen to us? Or we continue to patiently wait or even search for them. Until we find them so that we could offer them our unconditional love.

Do you easily give up on those who sin or you patiently wait and pray for  them until they see the healing light of Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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THE LITTLE MANAGER – At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” – Matthew 18:1

One late evening, Leah, Tina and Mark argued with one another. They all wanted to be the restaurant’s next manager since the post was vacant. Leah was the “employee of the month” for five consecutive times. Tina was always assigned by the owner to attend to VIPs. Mark was always chosen to represent the boss in annual food and beverage conferences.

The new employee, Ritchie, wanted to sit with them. They shooed him away. A couple entered the restaurant while the three were still debating. They told the new customers that the chef was gone and they were about to close. Ritchie knew this wasn’t true. He found a table for the couple but they left.

The following day, the boss arrived. He introduced Ritchie as his son, part-owner of the restaurant and their new manager. Their jaws dropped. Apparently, he worked as a waiter for a month just to observe the ongoings in the restaurant.

Leah, Tina and Mark, in a way, were like the disciples contending who among them was the greatest while trying to put the others down. Jesus cautioned them from looking down on fellow disciples and not to despise the little ones (Matthew 18:10).

No one is too little, customer or employee. Carlo Lorenzo (carloflorenzo@yahoo.com)

Reflection: “The greatest among you will be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11)

Jesus, I can think of no one greater than You, yet You were born in a little manger. Help me have a humble heart.

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1ST READING: The Word of God is sweet food for our minds and hearts. It guides us in the ways of truth and love. There is nothing better than spending time studying and discussing with others who love the Word of God about the meaning of a particular scriptural text. It can be very helpful to discuss the Scriptures with others as they could give you an insight that you might never see from your perspective. Ezekiel 2:8–3:4

GOSPEL: Jesus often uses the example of a child to speak about the nature of faith. He knows that we are familiar with the innocence and openness of children, which is essential if we want to develop our faith. Children are ready and willing to trust without the need to question too much, though some can be very inquisitive from time to time. It is helpful to trust when we know that a good deal of our faith is shrouded in mystery, and that we will not understand it fully, no matter how hard we try to understand it. Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

think:  The Word of God is sweet food for our minds and hearts.

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THE LOVING HEART OF GOD: We cannot doubt the loving nature of the heart of God. The Scriptures are full of invitations for us to repent of our sins and return to God and He will welcome us back like a long-lost child. God is a God of forgiveness; He is not interested in holding our sins against us. He is interested in whether or not we want to be free of them. Let us reflect on what this might mean for us.

One of the natural human responses to sin is resentment and unforgiveness towards the sinner. This is not the way that God’s heart works. Neither should it be the way we respond to those who sin against us, no matter how badly the person may have wronged us.

Our challenge is to meditate on such parables as the Lost Sheep and the Prodigal Son and ask God to transform our hearts so we can respond to those who sin against us as He does. This is not an easy task. We are all sinners and, thus, we should be able to understand how important it is to forgive. But that still does not make it any easier to do. Let us not give up, though, in the pursuit of the higher goal.

It is the heart of the Father that we have to develop in order to respond well to those who sin against us, regardless of whether they ask for forgiveness or not. Think of the parents of a child who does something wrong. Just because the child has sinned does not mean that they reject the child. On the contrary, they want to draw the child back to them and forgive him, at the same time teaching the child that his action was wrong and should not be repeated. The desire of a parent is to be united in peace with the child, not separation. This, too, is the way it should be with us when people sin against us.

Our challenge is to embrace the call of forgiveness. Just as God has forgiven us, so should we forgive those who sin against us. Does this sound familiar to you? We say it every time we pray “The Lord’s Prayer.” Let us put these words into action in our lives. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Have you sought God’s forgiveness lately? Is there anyone who needs your forgiveness, too? Why not forgive him now?

Jesus, teach me not only to love the way You do, but also to forgive those who sin against me the same way You have forgiven my sins.

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THE KINGDOM BEGINS – “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:3

These are the things I hated in myself when I lived a life of low selfworth: I’m short. I’m insecure. I’m not articulate. I’m shallow. I’m not mestizo. I hated my nose, eyes and lips.

Then something pivotal and life-changing happened. More accurately,Someone happened in my life. His name is Jesus. He didn’t remove the things I hated in myself but He changed them to something better. He revalued them. In His Kingdom, everyone is made new!

People find me approachable and huggable.

I don’t let anyone feel left out and unloved.

I turned childlike, sporty, strong and energetic!

I can easily connect with people.

I look so ordinary that people can easily identify with me.

Bottom line, unless you are ready to become like a little child in your heart, you will not be able to move on and into His Kingdom!

Let His Kingdom begin, because no one else can bless the world the way you can! Obet Cabrillas (kpreacherobet@gmail.com)

Reflection: Is it true that in heaven there’s a sign saying, “For Children Only, Adults Not Allowed”?

Help me realize, O God, that when You created me, You broke the mold. Because You want me to touch the world in my own unique, loving way.

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MOSES AND ST. CLARE – In January 2013, a shocking news reached me. The monastery of the Poor Clare Sisters in Cologne was closed shortly before its 90th anniversary. The few remaining sisters, one of whom is a Filipina, had to move to other convents.

Why was it shocking? Because I considered this monastery as my second home. My mother told me that when I was still a baby, she brought me frequently to the Poor Clare Sisters who promised her that they would always pray for me. When I was seven years old, I became an altar server there for the next 10 years, until I entered the seminary. When I was ordained in Japan and returned to Germany later, my first Mass was with them. I am convinced it was through their prayers that I was able to persist in my vocation. My affinity to these sisters inspires me to visit the tomb of St. Clare whenever I visit Assisi.

In the First Reading, Moses spoke to Joshua and the Israelites shortly before his death. He told them about future battles and how God will defeat their enemies. St. Clare died without such audience. She spoke to her own soul: “Go in peace; you have followed the good way; go in confidence, because your Creator has sanctified you, has cared for you constantly, and has loved you with all the tenderness of a mother for her child. O God, blessed be you for having created me.”

No doubt, Moses was also dedicated to God, but one can only marvel at the dedication that St. Clare showed in the last moments of her life. How true is the saying, “One dies as one lives.” While Moses led his people from crisis to crisis, through battles and many obstacles, St. Clare had given up everything worldly and entrusted herself totally to her beloved Master, Jesus. She had become like the child that Jesus speaks about in today’s Gospel — becoming small and trusting totally in the love and care of God. What a beautiful way to reach the end of one’s life! Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: How do you live your life? Are you always concerned with your problems and difficulties? Or do you entrust yourself totally to God?

Lord, only You know when I will close my eyes forever. I ask for the grace to live my life so that I will be able to cross from this world into eternity peacefully and without regrets.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2015

19th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, 11-08-15

Deuteronomy 31:1-8 / Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

Whenever we hear the word “great” what usually comes to our minds are size, strength, power, ability, achievements, etc.

That is usually how we understand the word “great”. It seems to be even more than good.

Between a good place and a great place, it is quite obvious which is more in the qualitative as well as in the quantitative sense of the word.

Yet in the spiritual sense of the word, greatness does not seem to have much association with the ideas and concepts above.

Greatness, in the spiritual sense, is associated with littleness and humility.

And in the gospel, Jesus sets before us a symbol of this greatness – a little child.

And He even taught us that unless we change and become like little children, we will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

In the 1st reading, we heard that the Israelites were about to cross the Jordan and enter the Promised Land.

Moses addressed the people and he made it clear to them that the Lord God will cross it before them and lead them into the land that He promised as their inheritance.

Yet, they must follow the Lord in littleness and humility like a child.

Likewise, in littleness and humility, we will be able to follow the Lord into our eternal Promised Land. Posted by Rev Fr Stephen Yim

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No Cheap Souls

August 11, 2015 (readings)

Memorial of Saint Claire, Virgin

Father Steven Reilly, LC

Matthew 18:1-5 10, 12-14

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father. What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.”

Introductory Prayer: Lord God, I believe you are present here with me as I begin this moment of prayer. I hope in you. I know that you will always take care of me. I want this time with you to be a sign of my love for you. I seek only to please you, without desiring any spiritual consolation for myself.

Petition: Heart of Christ, make my heart more like yours!

  1. Angelic Occupations:Raphael’s famous painting of Mary known as the “Sistine Virgin” has a remarkable detail that immediately catches the observer’s eye; Beneath the Blessed Virgin, two little cherubs are in a unique pose. They look a little bored with all the attention that Pope St. Sixtus and St. Barbara are paying to the Madonna and Child: They look as if they can’t wait to go out and play once all the fuss is over. Obviously Raphael’s sense of humor doesn’t do the angelic nature justice. Supremely intelligent, spiritual creatures, angels “always look upon the face the heavenly Father.” Their task? To watch over and protect us. Doesn’t that show us how much God loves each one of us individually? Doesn’t that tell us of the value of a single soul?
  2. The Shepherd’s Commitment:The Lord lifts a veil from the invisible world of the angels so that we better understand how much God loves us; now he give us the precious image of the shepherd going in pursuit of the lost sheep. The shepherd braves raw exposure to the elements and danger from wild animals in his relentless effort to find the one sheep who has wandered off. Christ is committed to keeping the flock together. Are we as committed to bringing back the lost sheep?
  3. No One Left Behind:Americans love the rugged individualist, the one who lifts himself up by dint of his own focus and effort. There’s virtue there, to be sure, but Catholics need a broader vision. Besides lost sheep, there are weak, marginalized and sick ones. If we have the heart of Christ, no one can be left behind. Every time we reach out in sacrificial love, we are making Christ present in the world. We are called to be his ambassadors!

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, your love gives us hope. You have given us angels to watch over us, and you yourself are constantly bringing back the lost sheep. Give us hearts like your own, hearts filled with Christian charity!

Resolution: I will reach out to someone who is sick or has drifted away from the Church.

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August 9, 2016

REFLECTION: Most people spontaneously associate childhood with innocence. And, in a sense, they are right, because children do not murder or rob banks or embezzle funds or commit arson. But they demonstrate all the bad traits of adults, only on a much smaller scale. They can be coldly cruel (v.g. by torturing animals), mendacious, selfish, bad-tempered, prejudiced, discriminatory, etc. And so, when Jesus sets up a child as a model to imitate, he is not thinking of a child’s so-called “innocence.” This is a sentimental notion of the West, not a notion entertained in the Near-East.

But what children all have in common is their utter dependence on adults for their well-being and even for their very survival. They have no illusion on that count. They know they are powerless, and they acknowledge it constantly. That, Jesus tell us, should be our own stance in reference to our hea­venly Father. Without him, we can do nothing. To become aware of it and to acknowledge it in complete ­humility is to achieve real greatness in the eyes of God. “Whoever becomes humble, like this child, is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

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