Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Mt 18:1-5,10,12-14 Childlike

Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week In Ordinary Time

(Click here for readings)

The disciples approached Jesus and said, "Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?"  He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, "Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven."

Just a few minutes ago, I read how Pope Francis told a group of young people back in May to shout "Jesus" and not Francis.

"From now on no more 'Francis,' only 'Jesus,' alright?...All of you in the square shouted out 'Francis, Francis, Pope Francis,' but where was Jesus?" he admonished them.  "I want to hear you shout out 'Jesus, Jesus is Lord, and he is in our midst."

To be childish.  Back in the old days, children were meant to be seen, not heard.  Today, kids are speaking way too much for their size and age.  It's not all bad, given the fact that so many parents are acting like kids today!  

To be childish means to think of yourself, and yourself alone; to monopolize someone's time and make of yourself more than you truly are.

In his spiritual autobiography "Quest for God," Paul Johnson describes a humorous encounter he had with an atheist friend of his, Sir Alfred Ayer.  He writes:

"We used to meet at the Beefsteak Club, where I enjoyed teasing him.  'Freddie, I suppose it would be a correct statement to say you are the most intelligent man in Britain.'  'Oh, no, no, no, my dear fellow,' he would begin modestly, 'don't be absurd.'  Then, intellectual rigour and his love of truth would assert themselves.  'Well, if one looks at the statement seriously - if one considers - if, in short, one wishes to be strictly honest, I suppose - indeed I must - conclude you are right; you are, in fact absolutely right!"


It's not an uncommon occurrence for modesty and integrity to be replaced by pride and wishful thinking.  There's simply not enough room in the human heart and brain for both to coexist.  I know, I keep trying to squeeze the two in there!

But what's worse is that it's not uncommon for someone's logic to flow like honey but their thoughts like diarrhea, or to be highly skilled in the art of debating and yet defending what is absolutely atrocious! 

It's not uncommon at all to see an intelligent man be a hypocrite, and to cast aside honesty for the sake of victory.   

This is what it means to be childish.

To be childlike.  To be a child often means to be physically small and weak in intelligence.  Therefore, to be "childlike" must obviously mean to be intentionally small and forever gathering and learning.  It means to consider oneself small and insignificant and to be an eternal student.  Hence, to be a child is no longer the result of certain physical processes brought about by genetics but rather a virtue brought about by hard work.  

To be a child is no longer a description of what you are but of who you are.

To be childlike means to return to a time in your life when learning was more important than accusing; integrity more important than the "bella figura" (looking good); and being good outweighed all other things...including being "right."

To be childlike means to accept the One who is always marching before you.

"Moses summoned Joshua and in the presence of all Israel said to him, "Be brave and steadfast, for you must bring this people into the land which the Lord swore to their fathers he would give them; you must put them in possession of their heritage.  It is the Lord who marches before you; he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you.  So do not fear."

Believing does not require seeing.  Otherwise, the question of God would have been resolved back in the Stone Age!  

To believe simply requires honesty and modesty.  Pride and prejudice suffocate the Lord out of all of us.  There's simply not enough room for both to coexist.

The Jews of old, like all people young and old, constantly struggle with being childlike.  After all, arrogance is not something new.  It is something quite old. 

Click here for articles related to this meditation.

1 comment:

  1. My own acts of childishness have reached gigantuous proportions in recent weeks. It's great to be reminded of being more "childlike." Put God before myself at all times. Don't ask him to "rescue me" in times of crisis but support and guide me so I don't make bad decisions to begin with!

    I've started attending noon Daily Mass near my work. It's been my spiritual oasis away from work woes. Yesterday, a little girl sat by me. She was wearing the prettiest flower dress. She may have been 4 or 5 years old. At the sign of peace, she smiled at me and shook my hand. Then she walked out of the pew and began shaking everybody else's hands in the rows behind me. She bowed, kneeled, made the sign of the cross, and even raised her arms up at the Lord's prayer. I was so impressed at how well catechized she was at such a young age! She seemed totally engaged with the Mass. She didn't squirm around or make a lot of noise like other small children normally do in church. I thought to myself, "Wow, I wish some adults would be as engaged in the Mass as this little girl (i.e. put away the cell phone, stay until the very end of Mass, etc.) What an inspiration!"




Updated: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. Comments must be concise and to the point.Comments are no longer accepted for posts older than 7 days.