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Tuesday of the 26th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

October 1, 2019

Tuesday of the 26th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

2 Cor. 10:17- 11:2

Psalm 130: 1, 2, 3

Matthew 18:1-4

 

St Therese of Child Jesus

 

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. 

 

Reflection


Feast of Little Flower

 

There is a story about something that happened in a church service one Sunday morning. This particular church was one of those churches where everything is done correctly and properly. In this church, they sing the proper music; people dress properly; they behave properly. On this Sunday morning, everyone was seated and quietly listening as the pastor was making the announcements at the beginning of the service. It was then that people started to notice a young man walking down the centre aisle. He was not proper—his jeans had a hole in the knee; his tee shirt was clean, but frayed; his hair was long and unkempt. He walked down the aisle looking for a seat, but all the places seemed to be taken. So when he got to the very front of the church, to everyone’s shock and amazement, he just sat down on the floor. By this time everyone had seen him. The pastor fumbled on with the announcements, but everyone was watching this strange young man. Well, no sooner had the young man sat down on the floor, then down the aisle marches one of the deacons,  a 60 year old man. He is proper. He’d been in that church for years, and he knew the way things were supposed to be done around there. You could sense the relief everyone felt because they knew that this deacon would take care of this young man. The whole congregation watched as this little drama unfolded. The deacon came down front to where the young man was sitting, and then simply sat down beside him, and welcomed him.  In just a minute, when the minister got his composure back, he admitted, “You all will probably not remember a word of the sermon I am going to preach today, but you will never forget what you have just seen.”


In today’s the Gospel Jesus places a child in front of the disciples and says, "Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like a child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven”.


When Jesus called that child to his side as he was preaching, what do you suppose that child did? What do most children do when you talk about them with a crowd of people listening? They get shy and try to hide. They don’t know what to say.


God honours the humble children because they know they have nothing to say in the presence of a holy God. They are totally dependent on others, and they know it! That’s why they cry. It’s a siren, saying, "Come help me!" That’s what God wants us to see about ourselves. Don’t be so secure in yourself, thinking you are a good Christian and will never fall.


Jesus and His kingdom is not about the ranking of men from greatest to least; It is not where power, money and numbers enjoy more influence than character and virtue.  The disciples had their mind of competition instead of conversion.  Jesus and this Kingdom is about changing your life and not about out-doing your brother. “Unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."  Thus the necessity of conversion is illustrated by childlike humility.  Babies do not come into the world with any arrogance or selfish ambition. They do not naturally have a false and exaggerated pride.  They are content to be fed, to be loved and cared for. They were not even counted in the society. They were insignificant. Jesus tells us to be converted and become insignificant like them.

 

Kingdom is a spiritual reality, hence the importance of spiritual humility. We shall not depend on the merit of our spiritual practices.   Some of us could think that we are regular for Sunday mass, regular for confessions, and regular in all our spiritual exercises, and imagine that we are closer to God than others, holier than others, and our place in the Kingdom is guaranteed.  Spiritual humility teaches us to depend not on our good works, but on God’s Mercy.  St.Teresa of Child Jesus although a great saint, did not depend on her ability to attain spiritual perfection but considered herself an infant in the hand of Jesus.  She said “I am too weak to climb the ladder of spiritual perfection.  Therefore I shall use a lift to climb up”.  And we know that the lift she used was the hand of Jesus.  She placed herself in the hand of Jesus utterly depending upon him in all humility and said, I am doll in the hand of Jesus; he can do with me whatever he wants- he can keep it, throw it down or kick it.  This is spiritual humility. 

 

Fr. Cyril Kuttiyanickal CMI


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