Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Reflection for Sunday January 15, Feast of the Sto. Nino; Matthew 18:1-5, 10



Gospel: Matthew 18:1-5, 10
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 humbles himself 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.”
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Reflection:
Why did the disciples ask Jesus: “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” Were they expecting that Jesus would tell them that they’re the greatest in the kingdom of heaven because they are His disciples?

Instead, Jesus called a child and said: “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

The key that will unlock for us the kingdom of heaven is the humility of a child that we must always emulate. The key that will invite the grace of the Holy Spirit upon us is the same childlike humility.

 It’s no brainer to ask why a child and not an adult?  Unlike adults, children have the simplest and purest minds. Children are not tainted by any form of sin and they are docile humble and obedient. Adults like us are sinful we defy God’s commandments to satisfy our whims and caprices.

As we celebrate the Feast of the Child Jesus or the Santo Nino we are also gently reminded that the children of today are not anymore like the children of yesteryear. Compared to children born forty or thirty or twenty years ago, children today are exposed to gadgets and internet. Gadgets and internet that sometimes corrupts their pure minds.  What intervention can you do to help these children being corrupted by gadgets and internet?

Due to the harshness of life many of our children today are also more exposed to poverty. Just look around and you will see. What intervention can you do to help these children being exposed to poverty? -  Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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