I’m the youngest of three sons. For the longest time—well into my teens—I was referred lovingly by my mother as “the baby of the family.” I really didn’t mind that, for I knew where my mom was coming from. Yet I really liked it when I could think of myself older like my brothers.
You may not like to have Jesus call you a “Little One,” as he does in today’s Gospel. But cheer up! What Jesus means by “little” are the tender, gentle persons who believe in God and trust in God alone, instead of worldly power.
Worldly “tough” people don’t trust in God, but only in themselves. So the “Little Ones” are God’s special children. All of us—children and adults—are never meant to make others leading a Godly life, to stumble. That’s what the word “scandal” means. In the original Greek language, it was the stick that held up an animal’s trap! So let’s you and I be careful about trapping others by our actions or our verbal games. Let’s set others free by our love.
On Sundays we follow the Gospels from the Revised Common Lectionary.
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