Tuesday, August 13, 2019

His Word Today: Greatest

Good morning everyone,

One of the marks that distinguishes a good teacher is an ability to explain very complicated concepts in simple terms.  This is not easy to do, but it is one way that we can identify those who truly understand.  Jesus is one such teacher.  The gospel accounts point out many occasions when he spoke about very complicated concepts using words and examples that made these ideas come alive in the hearts of those who heard him speak.

In today's gospel passage, the disciples pose a question: Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? (Mt 18:1), and Jesus surprises them by explaining that greatness - in the kingdom - will not be measured by any degree of physical accomplishment, but rather by our ability to become like children (Mt 18:3).  In other words, it will not be enough to simply be able to explain the kingdom in language that children can understand; we ourselves must become like them.

Saint John Paul II often told us that we should all strive for heaven.  If this is true - and we should all believe it to be so - then we should constantly strive not only to know about Jesus, but to know him.  Our God is constantly seeking opportunities to meet us - in prayer, in other people and in the circumstances of our lives - and he rejoices when we come to him like little children seeking to place our trust in him.

Have a great day.

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