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Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

August 12, 20114

 

READINGS

First Reading: EZ 2:8-3:4

Responsorial Psalm: PS 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131

Gospel: MT 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

 

Homily:

There are three values that we can see in our Gospel today that constitute greatness.

First. Having humility like that of a child is what Jesus considered great in the Kingdom of Heaven.  Jesus, in answer to the question of the disciples about who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven, he called a child to stand in their  midst. He then told them about becoming like a child. He was not referring to other things about childhood but specifically about the humility of a child. He said ” Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

The second value, then, is receiving and  following Jesus. This is what He said “And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.”

There are two values that can bring us greatness in the Kingdom of Heaven. One is childlike humility and the other is receiving Jesus by receiving children or the “little ones” in His name. In addition, there is another value we need to look at to. And this will be the third.Brooklyn_Museum_-_The_Good_Shepherd_(Le_bon_pasteur)_-_James_Tissot_-_overall

Jesus continued by telling his disciples a parable about a man searching out the lost sheep leaving the 99 behind that did not stray. The “little ones” Jesus refers to are His followers. He shows in the parable that it is not the will of the Father that any of the followers of Jesus be lost or be led astray. The parable teaches us that God does not stop searching out for the lost.  But, how can we be lost?  We can be lost if in our lives we do not follow Jesus, and if we do not lead others to follow Jesus faithfully, we lead them away from Jesus.

Now, where does greatness in the Kingdom of Heaven in this parable lies? Greatness in here lies in God who restores the dignity of  the lost. It is God who considers them great, not of their own merit but because of His love for them.  He does not want them, not even one, to be lost. God loves each and every single follower of Jesus.  And whenever one is lost, He never stops until He finds him and brings him back. In the face of a God who finds us every time we are lost or every time we lead others astray, we can not but humble ourselves before Him. We submit to Him who loves and who rejoices at finding the lost.

These are the three values that constitute greatness in the Kingdom of Heaven: having the humility of a child, following Jesus and being dignified and loved by God.

 

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What do you think are other values that can make us great in the Kingdom of Heaven? You may share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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