25th Sunday O.T. – 2018

 

  25th Sunday O.T.  – 2018

 

“Whoever receives one child … in my name …”

 

One of the greatest wishes, dreams or desires that people have is to live a meaningful life. In search of it, people try all kinds of things. Some of them, alike the apostles of today’s Gospel, look for arguments to show to others that they are the greatest among them.

 

Jesus shows to us an other way. He presents a child as an example. “Whoever receives one child such as this…” Why a child shall be an example to us?

 

In most of our human societies, a child does not play an important role – we could say that it is the last one, not the first, often a servant to all others. That is the lesson of being so humble. Are we really humble, or still looking for being “so” important?

 

“Whoever receives a child … in my name, receives me”. Why the child is so important to Jesus? Why it should be important to us? First of all, Jesus is indentifying himself with a child. He is the Son of God – God’s child. He relates to God as “Abba” – Daddy. We, too, are children of God, that’s why it is so important.

 

Second, whatever or whoever we – adults – are today, we have learned as children.

 

Receiving a child is to accept and take responsibility for that child. Whom this child we become in the future – a good or bad adult – depends on upbringing delivered now, today. It is our responsibility that a child – God’s unrepeatable creation – will have the chance to develop his/her abilities and talents given to him/her by God. Who of us know if this child will not become our own, personal, savior? It may become a doctor who will save our life, or an architect who will create and build our new, wonderful house.

 

Let us take care, a great care, for children so that they may have the best chance to become God’s wonderful creatures given to us for a great benefit. 

 

Fr. Kgotsofalang SCJ

 

 

 

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