On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 11, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Anyone who has ever lost a child even momentarily knows the pain and anguish that comes with it.  The prayerful hopefulness that soon the child will be found or return to us.  So too does our Heavenly Father pine for the return His children lost to sin.  He waits patiently, to lovingly embrace those who return and there will be great rejoicing in heaven.

The key to heaven is the heart of a child. Innocent and humble of heart. Trusting fully in the Lord our God. And we are called to be guardians for one another. To lead and guide all His children back to Him. So we need to ask ourselves this day what sort of guardian are we? Do we hold ourselves accountable for our words and actions? How many have we led home? 

Merciful, loving and ever living Lord, my God. Teach me Your ways that I may be the shepherd You want me to be. Amen

First reading
Deuteronomy 31:1-8

Moses proceeded to address these words to the whole of Israel, ‘I am one hundred and twenty years old now, and can no longer come and go as I will. The Lord has said to me, “You shall not cross this Jordan.” It is the Lord your God who will cross it at your head to destroy these nations facing you and dispossess them; and Joshua too shall cross at your head, as the Lord has said. The Lord will treat them as he treated Sihon and Og the Amorite kings and their land, destroying them. The Lord will hand them over to you, and you will deal with them in exact accordance with the commandments I have enjoined on you. Be strong, stand firm, have no fear of them, no terror, for the Lord your God is going with you; he will not fail you or desert you.’
  Then Moses summoned Joshua and in the presence of all Israel said to him, ‘Be strong, stand firm; you are going with this people into the land the Lord swore to their fathers he would give them; you are to give it into their possession. The Lord himself will lead you; he will be with you; he will not fail you or desert you. Have no fear, do not be disheartened by anything.’

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

The disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ So he called a little child to him and set the child in front of them. Then he said, ‘I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
  ‘Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. See that you never despise any of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven are continually in the presence of my Father in heaven.
  ‘Tell me. Suppose a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays; will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go in search of the stray? I tell you solemnly, if he finds it, it gives him more joy than do the ninety-nine that did not stray at all. Similarly, it is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.’

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