October 2, 2017
Memorial of the Guardian Angels
The Gospel Today
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Carmelo V. Pocdol)
The constant attention and importance given by Jesus to the vulnerable and little ones is a clear manifestation of God’s inclusive plan of salvation.
I served in the teaching ministry for 13 long years because I believed in the importance of learning and accompanying the young people entrusted to my care. To be a homeroom adviser is an “added value”of being a teacher. It is because you will become more engaged and close to your students, who in turn will consider you as a second father/ parent. In the classroom, I witnessed how true and genuine my students were. They were humble enough in accepting their faults and limitations, and also being thankful for the little acts of kindness they received. They come together from different family backgrounds, attitudes, learning styles, and beliefs. It is important not to despise them. They must be accepted of who they are and learn together. As the saying goes, “no student is left behind”. This I think is what Jesus wants us to do to the little ones to receive and learn from them.
In the seminary formation, the constant invitation is to be humble always, like the children who are the greatest in God’s Kingdom. One way to be humble is to accept one’s mistakes and being open to fraternal corrections from the brothers. It fosters growth as followers of Jesus, the one who humbled himself for the sake of our salvation.