Over the gates of the Kingdom is this sign: “Only Children May Enter.” Read this familiar passage expanding its meaning in your imagination.
First, remove some negative associations with children. They can be cruel. There are many times when peers pick on, ridicule, and shun innocent children. However, this generally happens as a reaction to some grave dysfunction in family and society. There are many adults who are candidates for that millstone to be hung around their necks and cast into the sea, because of scandal to children.
On the positive side, children are needy and dependent. When they are safe and loved, they naturally tend to radiate love in return, as well as spontaneity, trust, hope, and wonder.
Be as a child whose joy in life bursts as a response to divine love welling up from the center of your heart.
What are these?
No one stumbling due to me v. 7
Better lame and enter life v. 9
Rejoicing when lost are found v. 13
Where two or three, You are there v. 20
This is the twelfth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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We continue reading the Gospel of Matthew.
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