Gospel – 8/11/20 – Matthew 18: 1-5, 10, 12-14
The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever becomes humble like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives 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.”
What joy it is to be able to interact with little children. I have three children (now adults) of my own. I remember the wide eyed innocence when I would do something like hide behind a door and poke my head out. They would laugh and laugh. No matter what I told them, they believed it.
But children grow up. In growing up they learn how disappointing the human race can be. They learn things, the further they get from their birth, that are not from God.
God didn’t create hate. God didn’t create bigotry. God didn’t create racism or “isms” like schisms.
It is man that takes away the innocence that kept us close to God. Eventually, due to the influence of other humans, we all become jaded and cynical.
Only in returning to that childlike trust in God will we be able to be children of God.
The good thing is, when the World leads us astray, we have a loving shepherd who will come and find us so that we won’t be consumed by the disappointments of this life.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…