The Gospel Today
Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
An argument arose among the disciples
about which of them was the greatest.
Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child
and placed it by his side and said to them,
“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
For the one who is least among all of you
is the one who is the greatest.”
Then John said in reply,
“Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name
and we tried to prevent him
because he does not follow in our company.”
Jesus said to him,
“Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”
Reflection (Sem. Eric Yabut)
In today’s Gospel, Jesus praises a child’s traits. His disciples asked Him who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. He took a child and said, “Whoever becomes humble like this child will be greater in the kingdom of heaven.”
As we can see, children are so innocent, humble and playful. I normally observe my nephews playing games. Sometimes they would fight and that is normal of them. Because after a few minutes of “tampuhan,” they will be seen playing together again. That kind of attitude reminds me of the peace that everyone might have if they will mirror the humility of little children. We must be childlike and not childish in our actions.
It is also an invitation to all of us to be simple and pure in all our intentions. When we were young, our dreams were so simple and pure. But, as we advanced in years, our dreams and aspirations changed. Now that we are all adults, we must see to it that we do not step on other people’s rights just to achieve our desires in life. We must offer all our dreams to the Lord, our Maker.
Before entering the seminary, I was afraid to pursue this vocation because I would need to resign from my work. Then I would no longer have financial stability. But through my prayers and the guidance of Christ, I openly accepted the challenges. I was like a child holding a balloon that was accidentally released from my hand. It was quite hard to accept, you will cry for a moment. But when you look at the balloon flying high, you would be amazed and would accept the fact that the balloon is not yours already. This vocation is not mine, it is owned by God and it’s my offering to Him.
Being pure in our actions will lead us to seek heaven in our heart. We must look for a child’s heart inside us to get that purity of intention. Having that will lead to the realization of our dreams and aspirations. Then we become highly acceptable in the community where we belong and in the eyes of our Maker.