My daily reflection and prayer: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
“Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” (Matthew 18:1)
LET’S come to Jesus. Notice, the disciples ask to Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Why do they propose this question to Jesus?
In my mind, I imagine, at the time, the disciples of Jesus started to realize that what Jesus proclaimed to the crowd about the kingdom of God became true. Unfortunately, they misunderstood what Jesus taught.
It’s why, answering the question, calling to Him a child, He put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus wants to invite us to know that about the kingdom of heaven, let’s not thinking on who is the greatest. The kingdom of heaven is not about the greatest but the smallest. For being the smallest, we should be humble and simple.
Most people fill themselves with ambitions then they want to be “somebody” whom others admire rather than a “nobody”. They want to be the greatest among others.
Jesus invites us to do the opposite one. It’s why, answering the question on who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, he makes a dramatic gesture by placing a child next to Himself to show his disciples who really is the greatest.
According to Jesus, the greatest in the kingdom of heaven is the one who is humble and lowly of heart. Everybody taking the lowly position of a servant is the greatest in front of Jesus. And so in God’s kingdom.
We can only be humble and lowly of heart if we always have a contrice heart as a sinner. Remember, God does not rejoice in the loss of anyone, but desires that all be saved and restored to fellowship with Him.
In my mind and heart, by participating in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we always learn to become humble and lowly of heart. In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, I always offer my contrice heart so that God saves and restores me to fellowship with His love and peace.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, through Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, please, teach me your way of humility and simplicity of heart that I may find perfect joy in you. I hope that your light shines through me that others may see your truth and love and find hope and peace in you, now and forever. Amen.
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