Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/08/09

Impulse: Whoever becomes humble, like this child, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven

Tuesday, August 9

Feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

Gospel Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

Whoever becomes humble, like this child, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Verse 4)

We often encounter unsolvable problems in life, such as a conflict with a member of our family.  We suffer greatly in such a situation, but there is nothing that can be done.  Isn’t there? Well, we can pray.  When we are helpless, we are like children – very small.  A small child is helpless in almost everything.  She cannot do anything by herself; she needs the help of her parents in everything.

Whoever becomes humble, like this child, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven

 When we pray, we are like children, who ask for the help of their parents. As we pray, it is important to recognize that we are indeed small.  We cannot overcome the problems in life and the world.  We cannot solve them!  It is equally important not to think that we should solve these problems or that we are failures for not solving them.  To the contrary, God created us to be His children.  We should not be the ones who are in control of everything.  We should be the children of God who constantly need God’s help.

Whoever becomes humble, like this child, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven

 Just as parents show their love for their children by helping them, God shows His love for us the same way.  If we can accept our being small, or being children, we can experience His love.  To go back to the example in the beginning, the conflict with a family member: it is an opportunity where God wants to show us His love.  In our suffering, we are unable to find a solution, but we can pray.  We can put our trust in God.  Maybe God will show us what we need to do on our end.  But He will take control of the situation.   In His wonderful way, he will stir the hearts of the family member involved.  He will do it in His time.  He will also give us the strength to bear the suffering.  And we will grow to trust more and more.  “Dad will take care of it, He knows what He is doing.”

Whoever becomes humble, like this child, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven

 We don’t only need to be like children, we must be like children.  It is a relief from the pressure of trying to be responsible for everything.  We find our role, our assignment, but we can trustingly leave everything up to God.

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