Tuesday 11 August 2020

About Today Readings

St Clare

Ezekiel 2:8 – 3:4. How sweet to my taste is your promise – Psalm 118(119):14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131. Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14.

Anyone who welcomes a little child in my name welcomes me

‘. . . as little as this little child’. How are we to become as little as a little child?

What would that look like? Perhaps a word that captures such a character is ‘responsive’. The ideal child responds to God’s presence in his or her life, and responds to the present moment in the world.

Rather than mulling over the troubles of the past, or scheming about the future, the child is open to the kingdom of God right here and now.

This need not be a passive acceptance; the child responds without thinking too hard about it – reaching out to the one before worrying about the 99. To be little might seem to be naive or impulsive, but some of the wisest sages have had these qualities. Let us pray for the gift of ‘littleness’ today.

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