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Doctrines & Morals

The Greatest among you must be your servant

Deut. 31:1-8, Mt. 18:1-5.10.12-14. The stirring injunction in today's first reading is meant for times of change and crisis, calling for renewal. The tune combines the enthusiasm of love with the routines of daily life, promoting a spirit-guided life, open to inspiration. With his passing away, Moses calls for the renewal of the chosen people of God: Crossing the Jordan is a symbol of major change. It calls for trust in God and His abiding help: “It is the Lord who marches before you; he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you.” God has always been faithful and continues to love His people generously. Today's Gospel also reminds us of God's love for us and the need for our sincere response in fidelity.

The questions people ask reveal their values, their priorities, what they think important. When the disciples put to Jesus the question, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” It shows their interest in personal status and reputation. The challenge to become like a little child requires us to become child-like not childish. Adults find it hard to step down from their sense of dignity, power and influence. Jesus is not commending childish irresponsibility but a trustful simplicity of outlook. We will be child-like in the sense of total trust in our loving Father and demanding for nothing, such as status and position. Greatness comes to those who make themselves as dependent on God as children are dependent on adults for their care and well-being. This recovery of the “little one” is true of us as individual, community and the Church as a whole.

May the Lord grant us the strength to draw closer to God, find our way to the salvation He has promised and be more committed to serve Him in simplicity of our hearts! Amen!! Good morning and have a glorious day!!!

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