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Tuesday of the 19th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

August 13, 2019

Tuesday of the 19th Week in the Ordinary Time


Deut 31:1-8

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

 

Gospel Reading

 

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.”

 

Reflection

 

Become Like Children

 

All around us we see children growing up, people turning old, becoming frail and dying. But generally it is in our forties, when our hairlines recede and our hair begins to turn grey that we first become conscious of our own growing old. Growing up and growing old just happens to us. We grow, and grow old, whether we want it or not. Growing up is an unconscious activity.


The Gospel today testifies that our spirituality is not about growing up; it is all about growing down. ‘Become like children,’ says Jesus. This means that even as we unconsciously grow up, we need to grow down consciously. The quality of one’s going forward depends on how well he or she goes backward.


It is a joy to have old people in our families who have aged gracefully. People who age gracefully are people who recover their childhood. They forgo the habits of their youth, like dogmatically insisting on and endlessly arguing for their pet convictions and ways, and adopt the openness of the children. They forgo the habits of their youth, like keeping account of the hurts and disappointments suffered at the hands of others and adopt the forgiving nature of the children. True, children are easily hurt. But hurts give way to joy at the first gesture of love and care from others.


Jesus asks us to grow into childhood. That is, he wants us to recover the treasures of our childhood – trust without worries, joy without inhibitions, reconciliation without conditions, etc.

 

Dr. George Kulangara CMI 

 


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